tirsdag 17. mai 2022

Vatican Expresses Concern Over Cardinal Zen's Arrest for Ties to Pro-Democracy Fund

The Vatican has expressed concern after 90-year-old outspoken Cardinal Joseph Zen was arrested last week in Hong Kong on charges he had endangered China's national security. The humanitarian activist and religious freedom fighter previously served as bishop of Hong Kong from 2002 to 2009. He was detained along with four others in connection with his role as administrator of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which supported pro-democracy demonstrations by paying for the legal and medical expenses of protesters.

"The Holy See has learned with concern the news of Cardinal Zen's arrest and is following the evolution of the situation with extreme attention," Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said when asked about Zen's arrest by reporters in Rome. Hong Kong police said Zen had been involved with "collusion with foreign forces" for his role with the fund, which aided protesters starting in 2019.