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Card Zen’s last pastoral letter to the Church of Hong Kong and China

ICC Note: The news of Cardinal Zen’s farewell letter is significant for the persecuted church in China, and it appears that Pope Benedict is hoping that Cardinal Zen will continue helping the persecuted.

by James Wang
04/10/09 Hong Kong, China (AsiaNews) – Card Joseph Zen bids his diocese farewell in a pastoral letter issued on the occasion of Easter, one which he describes more as a “family letter” in which he remembers the 12 years he spent at the helm of the Hong Kong Bishopric and talks about his dedication to the persecuted Church of China.

The letter begins with a brief account of the activities of a committee, of which he is a member, set up by the Holy See concerning the Church in China whose focus is “the heavy cross being carried by our brothers and sisters in the mainland over the past 50 years.”

“The Church in China, the Church to which we belong, has had no freedom for over 50 years and has been persecuted. News came to us during our meeting that Bishop Jia Zhiguo, of Zhengding (Shijiazhuang), was arrested,” he wrote… [Go To Full Story]