Hong Kong Cardinal Says China Not Ready for Pope Visit: Agency

From AFP:

The leader of Hong Kong’s Catholic Church said Monday that China was still not ready for a papal visit, as he denounced the Asian power’s lack of religious and media freedoms, a news agency reported.

“The time has still not come for an official visit from the pope in China. His trip would be used, misunderstood, and it would do nothing to serve the faithful of the Church of Rome,” said Cardinal Joseph Zen.

“The Chinese government, even in these pre-Olympic times, wants to control everything,” he said, quoted by Italy’s ANSA news agency.

May 12, 2008 10:22 PM
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