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Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, speaks at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, 18 November 2014. | Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Cardinal Zen Appeals Conviction in Hong Kong Court

Dec 14, 2022

Cardinal Joseph Zen has filed an appeal with Hong Kong’s High Court following his conviction last month for failing to register a fund that helped pay for the legal fees and medical treatments of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.

A worshiper waves the flag of China as Pope Francis leaves following the weekly general audience on June 12, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. | Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images

Vatican Says China Violated Terms of Agreement with Bishop Installation

Nov 26, 2022

The Vatican said on Saturday that Chinese authorities had violated the terms stipulated in its provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops.

Cardinal Joseph Zen. | Bohumil Petrik

Hong Kong Court Convicts Cardinal Zen and Five Other Democracy Advocates

Nov 25, 2022

Cardinal Joseph Zen and five others were found guilty on Friday of failing to register a fund that helped pay for the legal fees and medical treatments of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former bishop of Hong Kong, pictured on Feb. 18, 2021. | Yung Chi Wai Derek/Shutterstock.

Verdict in Cardinal Zen’s Trial Expected on Friday

Nov 19, 2022

Days after Cardinal Joseph Zen’s defense lawyer made his closing arguments in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court, one of the pro-democracy advocates on trial with Zen was arrested under Hong Kong’s national security law.

Cardinal Joseph Zen (right) arrives at a court for his trial in Hong Kong on Sept. 26, 2022. | Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images

Cardinal Zen Trial Update: Defense Calls for Charges to be Dismissed

Oct 31, 2022

Lawyers defending Cardinal Joseph Zen and five other Hong Kong democracy activists took the floor Monday in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court, the same courthouse where a Protestant pastor was sentenced to one year in jail for sedition last week.

Cardinal Joseph Zen arrives at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts on 24 May 2022, in Hong Kong, China. | Photo by Louise Delmotte/Getty Images

Cardinal Zen’s Trial Reopens in Hong Kong Days after Vatican-China Deal Renewal

Oct 27, 2022

The trial of Cardinal Joseph Zen resumed in Hong Kong on Wednesday, days after the Vatican announced the renewal of its agreement with Beijing. 

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Hong Kong Cardinal's Second Day in Court: Magistrate Rules There is Sufficient Evidence

Sep 28, 2022

On Tuesday, Cardinal Joseph Zen’s second day in court in Hong Kong, five witnesses were cross-examined and the magistrate ruled that there was sufficient evidence to justify a trial.

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Catholic Leaders, Human Rights Activists Support Hong Kong Cardinal as His Trial Begins

Sep 26, 2022

As Cardinal Joseph Zen begins his trial in Hong Kong, a number of Catholic leaders and human rights activists have come out with statements of support for the 90-year-old bishop emeritus.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of Asia's highest-ranking Catholic clerics, arrives at a court for his trial in Hong Kong on Sept. 26, 2022. | Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

Cardinal Zen Stands Trial in Hong Kong

Sep 26, 2022

Cardinal Joseph Zen and five others stood trial in Hong Kong on Monday for failing to properly register a fund to provide legal aid to pro-democracy protesters. 

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Pope Francis Extends a Hand to China

Sep 19, 2022

While a trial against Cardinal Joseph Zen is getting underway in China, the Holy See continues to work toward the renewal of the Sino-Vatican agreement for the appointment of bishops.

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

Cardinal Zen Appears in Court in Hong Kong, Enters Plea of Not Guilty Alongside Co-accused

May 24, 2022

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

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Pope Francis Has Asked Catholics to Say This Prayer May 24: Our Lady, Help of Christians

May 23, 2022

In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed May 24, the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, to be a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary under that title as the country's patroness.

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Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong Released on Bail: Report

May 11, 2022

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

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

Vatican Following News of the Arrest of Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong "with concern"

May 11, 2022

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