ROME (AP) – Pope Francis on Monday named a brand new bishop for Hong Kong, tapping the pinnacle of his personal Jesuit order within the area, the Rev. P. Stephen Chow Sau-Yan, for the politically delicate place.
Chow, a local of Hong Kong, was educated within the U.S. and Eire earlier than professing his remaining vows in 2007. He headed two Jesuit-run faculties whereas additionally instructing on the College of Hong Kong earlier than being made provincial of the Jesuits within the China area in 2018.
He replaces the late Bishop Michael Yeong Ming-cheung, who died in 2019.
The nomination comes at a delicate time for Holy See-China relations, following the 2018 landmark settlement over bishop nominations on the Chinese language mainland. Critics have stated the Vatican bought out the underground Chinese language church by signing the settlement, which permits the Chinese language authorities a say in naming bishops.
Francis has shunned commenting on the political tensions in Hong Kong, presumably to keep away from riling Beijing.
One in every of Francis’ most vocal critics is the emeritus bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, who retired in 2009. He has bitterly criticized the Vatican’s cope with Beijing.