Hong Kong’s new bishop wants differing views respected

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s incoming Roman Catholic bishop Stephen Chow has called for respect for different views as he prepares to lead a diocese that has been polarized by the city’s deteriorating political situation. Chow said while he had “no big plan” on how to unify a Catholic community divided since months of anti-government protests in 2019, he believed that God wanted them to be united. He said “Unity is not the same as uniformity” and “we need to respect plurality.” His appointment by Pope Francis takes effect in December. The 62-year-old Chow is a Hong Kong native and a school supervisor at Wah Yan College.