Cardinal Priest of Beata Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo a Mostacciano
Born in Shui-tsai in south China on March 26 1925, Cardinal Wu Cheng-Chung attended the Theological Academy of Southern China. On July 6, 1952, he was ordained in Hong Kong. After carrying out his pastoral mission in this city, he graduated in Canon Law in Rome. He was forced to remain an exile from his country due to the Communist restrictions imposed upon China. He travelled to the United States, and then, in 1957, to Taiwan, where he presided over the parish of Hsin Miaoli for two years. On April 5, 1975, he was elected Bishop of Hong Kong. In 1985, Wu Cheng-Chung led a Catholic delegation to Peking and Shanghai, the first visit to China by a bishop of Hong Kong since 1949. In 1986, after 40 years of separation, Cardinal Wu was finally permitted to meet his ageing mother and other relatives. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by John Paul II during the Consistory of June 28, 1988.