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    Cardinal Zen Arrested In Hong Kong, Vatican Concerned

    May 11, 2022
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    Ninety-year-old Cardinal Joseph Zen, who has openly criticized the Chinese Communist Party, was arrested on Wednesday night in Hong Kong. The Cardinal retired as the Bishop of the Diocese of Hong Kong in 2009 after 7 years. He has since been released on bail.

    The Cardinal was detained by the police who monitor China's national security. He was charged with “collusion with foreign forces,” in connection with his role as administrator of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, a fund that has supported pro-democracy protesters and paid for their legal and medical expenses. His alleged acts were seemingly in violation of the national security law imposed by Beijing in June 2020. 

    “The Holy See has learned with concern the news of Cardinal Zen's arrest and is following the evolution of the situation with extreme attention,” said the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni.

    The 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund was established in 2019 and dissolved in October 2022. 

    The charge leveled against those arrested is one of four offenses designed to quash pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The new law has been internationally condemned. The other offenses– subversion, secession and terrorism – can result in life imprisonment. 

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    Christine Dolan

    Christine Dolan is a seasoned Investigative Journalist, television producer, author, and photographer. She is Co-Founder of American Conversations whose format focuses on in-depth analysis of critical issues about “the story behind the headlines.”
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    So, the Pope has watched this with "extreme concern"? What about all the other people there who are being starved to death under the guise of 'covid'? Does he watch that too?...does he say anything? He does not want to make the CCP mad.


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