Bishop Michael Yeung officially installed as new head of Hong Kong Catholic Church

Coadjutor Bishop Michael Yeung has been installed as the new head of the Catholic Church of Hong Kong in an evening ceremony held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Aug. 5.

(WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / Bryan and Jaqueline)This is a photo of the main altar of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Hong Kong. February 2015.

On Aug. 1, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal John Tong as the Bishop of Hong Kong. On Saturday, around 100 priests and almost 1,000 parishioners gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to witness the installation ceremony of Bishop Michael Yeung, who has officially started his new post, the Vatican Radio detailed.

In Bishop Yeung's homily on Sunday, he emphasized the importance of showing "compassion and accompaniment" to the less fortunate. He said Christians should care for those who are poor not only in the financial aspect, but also in the spiritual and emotional aspects.

Aside from that, Bishop Yeung said the youth are also in need of more attention because of the sense of abandonment they feel, their rebellion against authorities, and their lack of hope. He also called on the people of Hong Kong to not only focus on the economy, but also on education, environment, political reforms, and housing.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Tong praised Yeung as a person who is better than him "in every way." Speaking after the announcement about the new Hong Kong bishop was made, Tong expressed confidence in his successor's ability to surpass his achievements, Crux reported.

The change in the Hong Kong Catholic Church's leadership comes amidst an ongoing political crisis over the issue of its independence from mainland China. Last month, China accused four Legislative Council members of promoting Hong Kong's independence, resulting in their disqualification. Despite the issues, Tong said he is confident of Hong Kong's future because God is supervising everything.

The Catholic Church in China is under the state-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. However, the Vatican does not recognize the association, saying its teachings are not aligned with the church doctrine.