EFEHong Kong

Hong Kong’s 90-year-old Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen, an open critic of what he views as the Vatican’s soft approach to China, criticized the Holy See for being “unwise” despite its “perhaps good intention” on Tuesday, a day when Catholics around the world were encouraged to pray for the church in China.

Zen, one of Asia’s most senior Catholic clerics, spoke his mind during a mass he led on Tuesday evening in a Hong Kong church to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

Coincidentally, just a few hours ago the retired bishop and five others appeared in a Hong Kong court to plead not guilty to charges over an alleged failure to register a fund that supported protesters in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement in 2019.