» 10/20/2011, 00.00
HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
I received millions and spent them for the Church and the poor, Card Zen says
Since 2005, the prelate received HK$ 20 million from tycoon Jimmy Lai. They were spent helping Chinese students abroad, the official and underground Church on the mainland, priests and nuns, dioceses in difficulty, prison inmates and the poor as well as the translation of Church literature and documents into Chinese. The controversy breaks out right at the onset of the cardinal’s hunger strike. Meanwhile, pro-mainland parties refuse to reveal their financial backers.
12/01/2015 HONG KONG
Hong Kong, petrol bomb attack on Jimmy Lai’s home and office
The communications tycoon, a Catholic, has actively supported the Occupy Central democratic demonstrations. His flagship newspaper has often attacked the Chinese central government as well as that of the Territory, considered overly subservient to Beijing. No damage and no injuries, police confirm arson.
29/09/2014 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.
10/09/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Card. Zen: With Occupy Central we may have provoked the Emperor’s ire
The democratic movement is not a threat to the Territory’s survival. Beijing’s "three slaps in the face" of the local population. "When the imperialists attack, they only do damage, but when it is our fellow Chinese who want to enslave us, then our heart is wounded. There is no other option for those who do not want to be enslaved except resistance". The reflections of the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong.
24/12/2012 HONG KONG
Card. Tong’s Christmas message: universal suffrage and defense of the family
The cardinal seeks greater government support in social housing, health care, pensions, education. Emphasizes the family as a unit between a man and a woman, open to procreation, to counter the demographic crisis of the territory and attempts to legalize gay marriage. This year the Church in Hong Kong has welcomed 3,500 new members.
19/10/2011 HONG KONG - CHINA
Card. Zen on hunger strike for freedom of education in schools
The cardinal criticizes the decision of the Supreme Court in favour of government control (and China) which is likely to destroy the educational system of the territory, considered among the best. Card. Zen will take only water and communion every day. Revelations of donations received by him, attempt to cast suspicion on use. The long list of help he has provided: scholarships, donations to disaster hit dioceses , theological texts and translations of documents of the Church.
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