Cardinal Joseph Zen

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Cardinal Zen offers Mass on May 24, 2022 after appearing in court in Hong Kong.

Cardinal Zen: ‘Martyrdom is normal in our Church’

May 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The cardinal was speaking during a live-streamed Mass after his court appearance. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen appears in court in Hong Kong

May 24, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The date set for Cardinal Zen’s trial is Sept. 19. Read more

St. Francis Xavier statue in front St. Joseph Cathedral in Beijing, China, February 25, 2016.

This is the prayer that Catholics are asked to say for the Church in China on May 24

May 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed May 24, the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, to be a World... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Without mentioning Zen's arrest, Pope Francis says he is praying for the Church in China

May 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Caeli prayer on May 22, Pope Francis did not... Read more

Hong Kong media tycoon and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai.

Catholic University awards honorary degree to imprisoned human rights advocate Jimmy Lai

May 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Catholic University of America on Saturday awarded an honorary degree to imprisoned Hong Kong human rights advocate Jimmy Lai.... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, pictured on July 2, 2015.

Cardinal Parolin hopes Zen arrest will not complicate Vatican-China dialogue

May 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Parolin said: ‘I would like to express my closeness to the cardinal who was freed and treated well.’ Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

‘It’s a way to keep people in fear’: Chinese Catholics react to Cardinal Zen’s arrest

May 12, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The 90-year-old cardinal was arrested and bailed under Hong Kong’s national security law. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Hong Kong diocese ‘extremely concerned’ about ‘Cardinal Joseph Zen’s incident’

May 12, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘We have always upheld the rule of law,’ the diocese said. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

5 things to know about Cardinal Zen

May 11, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The 90-year-old cardinal was arrested and released on bail on May 11. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Cardinal Zen released on bail

May 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

The news emerged shortly after the Vatican said that it was concerned to hear of reports of his arrest. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

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

May 11, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Holy See said it was ‘following the development of the situation with extreme attention.’ Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen. Courtesy Photo.

Cardinal Zen arrest: A roundup of reactions

May 11, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

‘The arrest of Cardinal Zen sends a chilling message,’ said William Nee of Chinese Human Rights Defenders. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, speaks at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Former Hong Kong bishop Cardinal Zen arrested

May 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

The 90-year-old was reportedly detained in his role as a trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund. Read more

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Cardinal Zen: Traditional Latin Mass should continue, though some critics hope it will 'disappear'

Aug 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Zen said he suspects the ideas behind Traditionis custodes may not have originated with Pope Francis but with “the... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen. Courtesy Photo.

Traditionis custodes: Cardinal Zen reacts to restrictions on Traditional Latin Masses

Jul 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The former bishop of Hong Kong said the move was a “blow.” Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen says possible restrictions to extraordinary form Mass are ‘worrying’

Jun 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Joseph Zen called possible restrictions to the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form “worrying news.” Read more

People light candles at a Tiananmen vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong, June 4, 2020

Cardinal Zen, U.S. legislators commemorate Tiananmen Square massacre

Jun 4, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, on Friday prayed for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen expresses ‘pain and indignation’ at St. Peter’s Basilica private Mass restrictions

Mar 30, 2021

Cardinal Joseph Zen has expressed “pain and indignation” at restrictions on private Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica, saying that if... Read more

Jimmy Lai Chee Ying arrving at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Court, Hong Kong, Oct. 15, 2020.

Cardinal Zen: Jimmy Lai arrest is part of campaign of ‘political intimidation’

Dec 10, 2020

By Ed Condon

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has warned that the recent arrest of Jimmy Lai shows a rise in “political intimidation” against... Read more

Hongkongers march in Victoria Park, Hong Kong, July 2019

Catholic student jailed in Hong Kong for pro-democracy protest

Nov 23, 2020

Three pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, including Catholic university student Agnes Chow, pled guilty on Monday for their roles in... Read more