Cardinal Joseph Zen, who was arrested by the authorities in Hong Kong 🇭🇰 yesterday has been released on bail by Chinese authorities. But not before they confiscated his passport, barring him from leaving the country. Zen has been a vital voice for religious and human rights, irritating Chinese authorities.
Joseph Zen Ze-kiun SDB is a cardinal of the Catholic Church from Hong Kong, who served as the sixth Bishop of Hong Kong. He was appointed cardinal in 2006, and has been outspoken on issues regarding human rights, political freedom, and religious liberty. His strong ties with the pro-democracy camp often attract criticism from the pro-Beijing camp and the government of the People’s Republic of China 🇨🇳. He retired on 15 April 2009, but remains a strong pro-democracy influence in Hong Kong.
The 90-year-old Emeritus Catholic bishop of Hong Kong was reportedly detained on May 11 in his role as a trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helped pro-democracy protesters to pay their legal fees.
The fund, which was founded in 2019 was disbanded last year after the national security police ordered it to share operational details.
In 2020, a sweeping National Security Law came into force, criminalizing previously protected civil liberties under the headings of “sedition“ and “foreign collusion.”
Kindly keep him in prayer 🙏