» 06/30/2011, 00.00
HONG KONG – CHINA
Big rally in Hong Kong for religious freedom and the release of bishops and priests
Led by Card Zen, Hong Kong Catholics call on China to respect religious freedom and stop unlawful Episcopal ordinations. Outside the mainland’s Liaison Office, protesters condemned the torture and abduction of clergymen.
06/09/2006 HONG KONG
Cardinal Zen joins prayer vigil for journalist arrested in China
More than 600 well-wishers, among them journalists, politicians and friends, gather in Catholic school for a prayer vigil to proclaim the journalist's innocence and call for his rapid release from a Chinese prison.
06/06/2006 CHINA HONG KONG
HK Chief Executive Donald Tsang ignores Vatican ban and goes to Kunming Bishop's mass
During a visit to Kunming, Hong Kong Chief Executive and his wife attend mass celebrated by Ma Yinglin, an unlawfully ordained bishop, an inappropriate act. "He cannot plead that he didn't know".
27/07/2011 HONG KONG - CHINA
Beijing: crackdown on Catholics, priests who challenge illegal ordinations denied entry
The canceled visa of Fr. Mella, a PIME priest, is not an isolated incident. AsiaNews sources report "several similar cases” in recent weeks. The crackdown the result of tensions between China and the Vatican over illicit ordinations. It could "go on for some time" and is a source of regret to the faithful who desire "unity with the Pope."
25/05/2010 HONG KONG – CHINA
Beijing “opening” to Hong Kong Democrats over reforms
Democratic Party leaders and the deputy director of the mainland’s Liaison Office hold an historic meeting. The latter praises Democrats’ “pragmatism”, but warns that not everyone wants universal suffrage.
01/07/2015 Hong Kong – China
Hong Kong Catholics join march to demand genuine universal suffrage
Before the rally, Catholics and Protestants held a prayer service in Victoria Park. For Cardinal Zen, political reform was rejected by pan-democrats’ votes, which safeguarded the dignity of the people, but did not advance the cause of true suffrage.
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