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Hong Kong polls rank bishop as 'Most Significant Person in 2002'

Several polls ranked Hong Kong Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun as the territory's most significant person of the year 2002.

More than 2500 readers participated in a poll by The Apple Daily, the territory's most popular Chinese-language newspaper.

Bishop Zen garnered 50% of the votes.

The majority of participants in separate surveys by Hong Kong's leading daily, South China Morning Post, and an English-language radio program also selected Bishop Zen as person of the year.

A participant in The Apple Daily survey wrote that Bishop Zen was selected because "in him, I can find justice and hope."

One reader said: "Bishop Zen is courageous in naming the injustices. He does not fear the powerful; he has brought the church into the life of society."

Catholic News Service

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Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, S.D.B. (
Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong

14 Jan 2003