» 09/29/2014, 00.00
HONG KONG - CHINA
Card. Tong: Enough violence in Central, government must put the people first
An "Urgent Appeal" from the bishop of the Territory to the executive: "Exercise restraint in deployment of force with a view to listening to the voice of the younger generation and of citizens from all walks of life”. Card. Joseph Zen, is on the streets with Occupy Central.
13/06/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Card. Zen and Democrats urge participation in referendum. Protests against Beijing's "White Paper"
For the cardinal, participating in the referendum is a way to express the dignity of Hong Kong's people, against those who want to repress or enslave them. The Democrats cancel a meeting with Beijing's representative in the Territory. The White Paper states that Beijing's authority is more important than Hong Kong's "high degree of autonomy" promised by the Basic Law. Judges also have to be submitted as "patriotic administrators." Demonstrators accuse Beijing of considering the Basic Law "waste paper" or "toilet paper".
24/10/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
Pope Francis encourages Card Zen, "the one who fights with a 'sling'"
After Pope Paul VI's beatification Mass, Hong Kong's Bishop Emeritus met Francis in the parvis. He was prepared to tell the Pope, "Holy Father, I come from the "battlefield" in Hong Kong", but "before I could speak, he laughed and said, 'Ah! Ah! This is the one who fight with a 'sling'. [. . .] He knew David defeated the Giant Goliath. He was encouraging me." Addressing students, he said that neither youth nor force would lead to victory, only God's help will.
07/10/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Card Zen stands with Hong Kong students, united for democracy, "until we are either dispersed or arrested"
Tonight, the cardinal will spend the night with the students demonstrating in Admiralty. The talks proposed by the government are a trick to divide the pro-democracy movement. It would be better to pull back now after scoring two victories, namely getting people to demonstrate en masse for democracy, and forcing Beijing to show its true face. Interview with Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, a great champion of democracy and religious freedom.
09/06/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Card Zen on 84 hour march for democracy referendum in Hong Kong
The Referendum (unofficial) will be held on 20-22 June. Catholic groups will accompany Card. Zen. March made even more difficult by soaring seasonal temperatures. Support of Card. Tong. Zhou Nan, former Xinhua director, calls for Chinese military intervention to prevent Occupy Central proclaiming the territory’s independence.
19/06/2015 HONG KONG – CHINA
For Card Tong, the Church will continue to promote democracy in Hong Kong
After the Legislative Council voted down Beijing’s election reform package, Hong Kong’s Cardinal Tong calls for healing and prayer to overcome polarisation. Pro-Beijing lawmakers apologise to Hong Kongers, one weeps.
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