Bishop Zen

Vatican Moves To Extend Secret Deal With Beijing

The Vatican has decided to extend a secret 2018 agreement with Beijing that governs the appointment of bishops in China. The 2018 Sino-Vatican deal, signed in the midst of crackdowns on religious expression, is believed to give...

Gentle Cleric’s Stature Grows as He Risks Ire of China – Keith Bradsher

From the New York Times: With his charisma, erudition and dedication to human rights, Cardinal Zen has become a celebrity here, a man wielding considerable political influence as well as religious power. But his high profile and growing influence have antagonized senior officials in mainland China, particularly those who oversee the state-controlled church. His elevation […]

Beijing, the Vatican and the Zen factor – Francesco Sisci

From Asia Times (link): Spring has sprung in the Northern Hemisphere, yet a wintry chill has fallen over the relationship between China and the Vatican since the appointment of Joseph Zen as cardinal of Hong Kong. Still, there are spring-like signs of hope, developments and budding breakthroughs as both sides in recent days have expressed […]

Pope Picks 15 Cardinals, One a China Critic – Ian Fisher and Keith Bradsher

From the New York Times (link): Pope Benedict XVI named his first new cardinals on Wednesday, 15 in all. They include the bishop of Hong Kong, an outspoken critic of China’s rulers, and Archbishop Sean Patrick O’Malley of Boston, appointed two years ago after the sex abuse scandal there forced the resignation of Cardinal Bernard […]

AP: Pope Hoped to Visit China, Bishop Says

From AP, via the Guardian: Pope John Paul II once wrote to China’s president and never stopped dreaming of a papal visit to China, Hong Kong’s bishop recalled in an interview published Sunday. Bishop Joseph Zen said John Paul sent a personal letter to President Jiang Zemin after the Chinese were outraged by sainthood granted […]



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