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|Nicholas Kao Se Tseien|
January 15, 1897|
Foochow, Fukien, China
December 11, 2007 (aged 110)|
Nicholas Kao Se Tseien, Chinese: 高師謙 (January 15, 1897 – December 11, 2007) was a Chinese Catholic priest living in Hong Kong who was both the oldest Catholic priest in modern times and the oldest ever person to have had a cataract operation.
In 2007, he celebrated his 110th birthday, and, in doing so, he reached supercentenarian status. He was, from October 13, 2007 until his death, the second-oldest man in Asia and the seventh-oldest man in the world.
Born in Fuzhou, Fujian province, Kao, one of four brothers, converted to Roman Catholicism at age 18 while attending a school run by Spanish Dominican friars. Although trained as a teacher and studying law at night, he ultimately decided to become a priest.
- An interview by The Standard, October 8, 2005
- (Italian) Reportage at Vatican Radio, January 18, 2007
- Kao's photo on The Standard