Francis Hong Yong-ho (born 12 October 1906) was a Roman Catholic prelate in North Korea. He was born in Heijo, Pyongyang, North Korea on 12 October 1906. Ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1933, at the early age of 37, Father Francis was appointed Apostolic Vicar of Heijo by Pope Pius XII, receiving his episcopal consecration with the Titular See of Auzia on June 29, 1944, from Bishop Bonifatius Josef Sauer OSB., assisted by Bishops Irenaeus Hayasaka and Paul Roh Ki-nam. He was imprisoned by the communist regime of Kim Il-sung in 1949 and later disappeared. The Vicariate Apostolic of Heijo changed its name to Pyongyang on 12 July 1950, which was elevated to the status of the Diocese of Pyongyang by Pope John XXIII on 10 March 1962, with Francis Hong Yong-ho named as the first bishop of the new diocese. After being listed as the ordinary of Pyongyang by the Pontifical Yearbook for decades, with the specification that he was to be considered "missing", Hong Yong-ho's death was finally acknowledged by the Holy See in June 2013, although the actual date and place of death is unknown. If he would have been alive, he would have been 106 years old. Shortly after the aknowledgement of his death, the Korean bishops' conference asked the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for a 'nihil obstat' to the opening of the cause of beatification for Bishop Francis Hong Yong-ho, as well as 80 of his companions.


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