New leader for Kota Kinabalu
Archbishop Wong’s installation ceremony is scheduled for Jan 24 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral.
When asked if he would announce any new programmes for the archdiocese, Archbishop Wong, 44, said, “At the moment, I shall focus on continuing what has already been established.”
However, in conjunction with the Year of Faith, Archbishop Wong said he wants all the activities and programmes of evangelisation in the archdiocese to promote faith and morality.
At the Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome last year, Archbishop Wong emphasised that dialogue between religions is an important agenda for the new evangelisation.
The archbishop, who is fluent in Malay, English and Chinese, also acknowledged that the rights of Christians as the minority in certain regions need first to be protected and their faith strengthened.
The election of then Fr John Wong as a coadjutor archbishop was announced on June 21, 2010, by Archbishop Lee, who was 76 at the time.
The news apparently came as a surprise to the whole Catholic community including the archbishop-elect.
“I still do not know what my leadership style should be. All this time I was just following the guidelines of Archbishop John Lee,” said Archbishop John Wong two years ago when interviewed by the Herald. - HERALD