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Pope sends condolences following death of Hong Kong bishop

Pope Francis has sent condolences and a blessing to the Hong Kong Diocese following the death of Bishop Yeung Ming-cheung.

Bishop Yeung died of liver failure on 3rd January, aged 73.

The pope also named Cardinal John Tong Hon, retired bishop of Hong Kong, to administer the diocese until a new bishop is appointed by the Vatican, reported ucanews.com.

A 5th January letter sent on behalf of Pope Francis conveyed his personal sadness to the clergy, religious and lay faithful there.

‘United with them in prayerful thanksgiving for Bishop Yeung’s years of priestly and episcopal ministry, His Holiness commends his soul to our heavenly Father’s merciful love,’ the letter stated.

‘To all who mourn the late bishop’s passing, Pope Francis cordially imparts his apostolic blessing as a pledge of consolation and strength in the risen Lord.’

The letter was sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state, via Hong Kong representatives at the Vatican.

Picture: Pope Francis has sent condolences and a blessing to the Hong Kong Diocese following the death of Bishop Yeung Ming-cheung, 73. Bishop Yeung is pictured in a 2017 photo. (CNS photo/Jerome Favre, EPA).