The sacrifice of the young people who died 32 years ago for freedom and democracy in China is evermore relevant today. As long as the regime does not recognise that crime, it means it believes it is right to kill defenceless people in the name of an alleged “general interest”. But, we won’t lose hope. This is the homily Cardinal Zen gave in Hong Kong last June 4, during the memorial mass to remember the victims of Tienanmen Square.
Exactly 31 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, dark clouds hover over Hong Kong: "The brave young men who defend Hong Kong's autonomy and freedom are beaten, arrested, tortured." "Unfortunately, given the situation at the top of the Communist Party in Beijing, we don’t have much to hope for." "As Christians we put ourselves in the hands of God, defend truth and justice, pray for the conversion of our persecutors". Cardinal Joseph Zen, emeritus bishop of Hong Kong speaks out on the current situation in this special administrative region of China.
The Daily Compass has received an explosive letter signed by the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, that fiercely attacks Cardinal Joseph Zen, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, who has been critical of the secret agreement between China and the Holy See that has resulted in the increased persecution of Catholics. The letter contains misleading statements, affirming that there is a continuity between the approach of this pontificate with that of previous pontificates, when in fact no such continuity exists. Furthermore, it makes very grave misrepresentations, attributing the authorship of the present secret agreement to Benedict XVI and declaring a change in doctrine regarding the possibility of independent Churches.
- THE LETTER