90-year-old Catholic Cardinal Arrested in Hong Kong

The photo shows Cardinal Zen praying before a protest in 2002. (Photo courtesy of Alfredoko, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

Chinese officials have arrested a catholic cardinal for breaking the national security law. Cardinal Joseph Zen, a former Bishop of Hong Kong, is 90 years old. If found guilty, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

The Human Rights Watch described the arrest as a “shocking new low” for freedoms in Hong Kong. Cardinal Zen fled to Hong Kong from Shanghai when China first fell under communist rule 70 years ago.

China and the Vatican

Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA says, “He has been an outspoken critic of the persecution of Catholics inside China, and of the Vatican for compromising and accepting that persecution, accepting communist party control over the Catholic Church in China. So he has been a longtime thorn in the side of the Chinese Communist Party.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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