Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Joseph Zen’

Cardinal Zen and Jimmy Lai among Hong Kongers nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Thursday, February 9th, 2023

A bipartisan congressional commission chaired by Rep Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, announced Thursday the nomination of six Hong Kongers, including Cardinal Joseph Zen and jailed Catholic media mogul Jimmy Lai, for the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in the cause of human rights. “Jimmy Lai, Cardinal Joseph Zen, Tonyee Chow Hang-tung, Gwyneth Ho, Lee Read more

Cardinal Zen fined by Hong Kong court over pro-democracy fund

Monday, November 28th, 2022
Zen fined by Hong Kong court

Retired bishop, Cardinal Joseph Zen, 90, Friday, was convicted and fined along with five others after being found guilty by a Hong Kong court of failing to register a fund for pro-democracy protesters. Zen was first arrested in May on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces under a Beijing-imposed National Security Law. While Zen has Read more

Why China feels threatened by the moral authority of a 90-year-old Catholic bishop

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

Cardinal Joseph Zen trial began on Sept. 19, 2022, in Hong Kong for his role as a trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund. This organisation paid legal fees and medical bills for Hong Kongers protesting the Extradition Law Amendment Bill. This 2019 legislation would have allowed extradition to the People’s Republic of China. Many Read more

Cardinal Zen’s trial has been delayed due to COVID

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

The criminal trial of Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong has been delayed after the judge presiding over the case tested positive for COVID-19, Hong Kong media reported. Zen, 90, was to have stood trial beginning Monday in connection to his role as a trustee of a pro-democracy legal fund, which he and other trustees Read more

Pope hopes China deal on bishops will be renewed soon

Thursday, July 14th, 2022
Pope China bishops deal

Pope Francis said he hopes the Vatican’s agreement with China on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops would be renewed in October. In an interview with Reuters, Francis discussed the China deal first struck in 2018 and to be renewed every two years. The agreement was put in place to ease a longstanding divide across Read more

Please protect people during China’s crackdown

Thursday, July 7th, 2022
China's crackdown

China’s crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong has led a Catholic prelate to ask regional leaders to put people first. Give young people a reason to trust authority, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong suggests in a special message published last Friday. Among the advantages he lists is a greater sense of unity in a Read more

Cardinal Zen appears in Hong Kong court after arrest by Chinese Communist Party

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Cardinal Joseph Zen, former archbishop of Hong Kong, appeared in court Tuesday after his unceremonious arrest by Chinese Communist Party officials. According to Catholic News Agency, the 90-year-old cardinal, who was arrested with four other pro-democracy advocates, was a trustee of a relief fund used to bail out protesters and pay legal fees. The five Read more

Cardinal Zen’s arrest keeps people scared

Monday, May 16th, 2022
Chinese Catholics fear worse

Catholics from mainland China fear the arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen in Hong Kong is an act of intimidation and a sign of hardening attitudes by authorities. Cardinal Zen, 90, is one of four people detained for being associated with a now-defunct fund that helped protesters in financial need. The fund was set up to Read more

Vatican following Cardinal’s arrest with “extreme attention”

Thursday, May 12th, 2022
Cardinal Zen

The Vatican is following China’s arrest of retired Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen with “extreme attention”, says a statement from the Holy See Press. The statement refers to the Security Police’s arrest of the 90-year old in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Hours later, Zen was released on bail. He and three of four other trustees of Read more

Cardinal Zen begs for a good bishop for Hong Kong

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Hong Kong’s Cardinal Joseph Zen is begging Pope Francis for a good bishop to be chosen to lead the Hong Kong Diocese. Zen flew to Rome to deliver his letter so it could be delivered without delay to the pope. His request came while Vatican diplomats are working against the clock to refresh the Vatican’s Read more