Hong Kong, China, Jan 4, 2019 / 14:33 pm
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung of Hong Kong died in hospital Thursday at the age of 73, after suffering liver failure due to cirrhosis.
He had been admitted to Canossa (Caritas) Hospital Dec. 27, and died the afternoon of Jan. 3.
A board of eight senior members of Hong Kong's Church administration met Jan. 4 to discuss the diocese' future leadership, and decided to hold off on choosing an acting bishop as interim leader of the diocese until after Yeung's funeral, the South China Morning News reports.
Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong reportedly told the media that the diocese was particularly saddened by Bishop Yeung's death, because his condition had been described as stable only a few hours before his death, though he had evidently been facing health problems for several years.