Tong Hon, John
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: Regina Apostolorum
Native Country: China
Appointed by: Benedict XVI on 18 February 2012
Ecclesiastical Office:  Bishop of Hong Kong 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 31 July 2019

Cardinal John Tong Hon was born on 31 July 1939 in Hong Kong, China. In 1964 he was sent to Rome to study at the Pontifical Urbaniana University where he earned a licence and a doctorate in dogmatic theology. He was ordained, a priest by Pope Paul VI on 6 January 1966, together with 61 other deacons from 23 mission countries. Since 1970 he has been president of the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission and since 1980, director of the Holy Spirit Study Centre. In this period he also worked on the journal Concilium. He was vicar general of the Diocese of Hong Kong since 1992 for 17 years. He received episcopal ordination on 9 December 1996, subsequent to his appointment as titular Bishop of Bossa and Auxiliary of Hong Kong. He is a consultor to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and a member of the Vox Clara Advisory Committee on matters concerning the celebration of the Roman rite in English. For the Chinese New Year, 18 January 2012, with the religious leaders of Hong Kong, he signed a message encouraging everyone to make a tireless effort to overcome the global financial crisis, recalling that technology without a moral basis has a negative effect.