Vatican China Envoy To Get Tough With Beijing

From AP:

The Vatican’s top envoy for China says the time has come for the Holy See to get tough with Beijing and not compromise over religious freedom, saying relations are taking a “worrisome slide” for the worse.

Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen also said the Vatican shouldn’t give so much importance to re-establishing diplomatic relations with Beijing because such a move could trick people into thinking there is religious freedom in China when there isn’t.

And in an interview Tuesday with the Vatican-affiliated missionary news agency AsiaNews, Zen repeated his call for official bishops in China to “not give in” to pressure from the state-sanctioned church, saying they have to remain firm in their faith and loyalty to the pope — even to the point of martyrdom.

June 17, 2009 12:41 AM
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