Pope ordains new bishops, including Chinese
Pope Benedict XVI is ordaining five new bishops, including a Chinese prelate.
Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI is ordaining five new bishops, including a Chinese prelate who is the No 2 in the Vatican`s missionary office.
The elevation of Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai, a 60-year-old Salesian prelate from Hong Kong, comes as relations between the Holy See and Beijing have hit a low point over the Chinese state-backed church`s ordination of bishops without papal consent.
Hon was recently named secretary in the Vatican`s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. He has said his high profile job shows the pope`s love for China.
Saturday`s Mass in St Peter`s Basilica began with a reading in Chinese.