Vatican following news of Cardinal Zen’s arrest ‘with concern’

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Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana College in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Vatican Metropolis, Might 11, 2022 / 09:11 am (CNA). The Vatican stated on Wednesday that it was concerned to listen to of stories of the arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen by authorities in Hong Kong.“The Holy See has discovered with concern the information of the arrest of Cardinal Zen and is following the development of the state of affairs with extreme attention,” stated a Might 11 assertion from the Holy See press office.The 90-year-old former Catholic bishop of Hong Kong was reportedly detained on Might 11 in his position as a trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Aid Fund, which helped pro-democracy protesters to pay their legal charges.The Commonplace newspaper reported that the trustees have been arrested on Wednesday evening local time, in accordance with sources.The fund, which was founded in 2019, disbanded last yr after the national security police ordered it to share operational details, the newspaper stated.Zen, who stood down as Hong Kong’s Catholic bishop in 2009, is an outspoken supporter of the pro-democracy movement.In 2020, a sweeping Nationwide Security Regulation came into pressure, criminalizing beforehand protected civil liberties underneath the headings of “sedition“ and “overseas collusion.”Reuters reported that Zen and 4 others — Canadian-Hong Kong pop star Denise Ho, educational Hui Po Keung, and former opposition lawmakers Margaret Ng and Cyd Ho — have been arrested for alleged “collusion with overseas forces.”Before the regulation’s implementation, many Catholics, including Zen, warned that it could possibly be used to silence the Church in Hong Kong.

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