- Aug 9, 2020
In comments to media over the weekend, Taipei’s new Archbishop Thomas Chung An-zu said he is confident that the Vatican’s apparent courtship of China will not have an impact on Taiwan’s relationship with the Holy See.
One of the Catholic Church’s leading experts in Chinese affairs has said church authorities in Hong Kong are divided about pro-democracy protests over a new national security measure that China is attempting to pass in the territory, and there is also a degree of disappointment over the Vatican’s silence on the issue.
On Friday Cardinal John Tong Hon, administrator of the Hong Kong, announced that the city will return to public Masses in June – at the same time China is expected to pass a new national security law that has pro-democracy activists already taking to the streets.
Several days after Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen, an outspoken critic of the Vatican’s approach to China, received a prize from the U.S. government for defending democracy in communist China, the Vatican’s foreign minister had an historic meeting with his Chinese counterpart.
When Pope Francis ticked off all the countries suffering political and violent unrest during his traditional Christmas blessing and prayed for peace in these nations, one city, Hong Kong, which is currently in the thick of months of heated protests, was notably absent from this list.
Father Paulinus Ozodor, a Nigerian moral theologian at Notre Dame, says Christianity can contribute to Africa’s push for democracy, human rights and good governance.