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TONG HON Card. John


Cardinal John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong, was born on 31 July 1939 in Hong Kong, China. In 1964 he was sent to Rome to study at the Pontifical Urbaniana University where he earned a doctorate in dogmatic theology.

He was ordained a priest by Pope Paul VI on 6 January 1966, together with 61 other deacons from 23 mission countries. In 1970 he became president of the diocesan Ecumenical Commission and, in 1980, director of the Holy Spirit Study Centre. He has also worked on the journal Concilium.

In December 1992 he became vicar general of the Diocese of Hong Kong.

On 13 September 1996 he was appointed titular Bishop of Bossa and Auxiliary of Hong Kong. He received episcopal ordination on 9 December 1996.

On 30 January 2008 he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Hong Kong.

On 15 April 2009 he became Bishop of Hong Kong.

On 30 June 2012 he was nominated President Delegate of the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be held in the Vatican on 7-28 October 2012, on the theme "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith".

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of 18 February 2012, of the Title of Regina Apostolorum (Queen of Apostles).

Member of:

  • Congregations: of Evangelization of Peoples; for Catholic Education;
  • Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue
  • Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Economic Affairs of the Holy See.



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