Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun

Church leaders divided over 'Occupy Central' plan

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun. Photo: Sam Tsang

Local religious leaders have clashed over the Occupy Central movement in the battle for democracy, with one calling on Hongkongers to join in even as another argued against it.

Saturday, 20 April, 2013, 5:18am 10 comments

Cardinal thinks Pope will fight graft

Cardinal Zen is hopeful about the new pope. Photo: Sam Tsang

A Hong Kong cardinal criticised former pope Benedict for compromising too much on Sino-Vatican relations, which he says have led to the weakening of mainland Catholic churches. Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, 81, speaking yesterday at a Baptist University forum, said he was full of hope about the new pope.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:22am

Talking points

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun gives his views on relations between China and the Vatican under Pope Francis at a forum at Baptist University.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am

Taiwan row a first diplomatic test for Pope Francis

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (centre) and the first lady arrive at the airport in Rome. Photo: EPA

Beijing’s angry reaction to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou’s attendance at the inauguration of Pope Francis on Tuesday is the first taste of a long-running dispute that the new Argentine pontiff may have unique qualities to grapple with.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am


Sometimes you can bend the rules

I refer to the letter by Tricia Cheong ('View that native English-speaking teachers are better is very misguided', July 31).

Granted, native English-speaking teachers are not necessarily better than their local counterparts, but there is a need for some local teachers to learn from their foreign colleagues.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Pot calls kettle black in education row

I don't know if it's really a good idea to add national education to our children's heavy workload. As a parent, I think it will be a waste of time. But calling it brainwashing seems like an exaggeration. Any material that publishers come up with will be accused of bias.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing hopes Tong can boost vatican ties

A top Catholic leader in Beijing hopes Hong Kong's Vatican-anointed cardinal, John Tong Hon, will improve the mainland's often fraught relationship with the Holy See.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

New cardinal stands up for Tsang

Cardinal John Tong Hon stood up for Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday, saying people should not overreact to the revelations about Tsang's relationship with tycoons.

'From my previous contacts with him I find Mr Donald Tsang a sincere person,' Cardinal Tong said yesterday in his first media briefing since being anointed a cardinal at the Vatican last month.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Added voice suits Cardinal Tong

The role of a cardinal in the Catholic Church is to advise the pope and elect his successor. John Tong Hon, the head of the church in Hong Kong, would seem to have expanded the job definition, using his elevation to the position, to advise our government on where he thinks it is going wrong.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tong wastes no time as new cardinal

Bishop John Tong Hon was anointed a cardinal by Pope Benedict in the Vatican yesterday. He became the church's seventh Chinese cardinal and Hong Kong's third after the late John Baptist Wu Cheng-chung and Joseph Zen Ze-kiun.

The 72-year-old wasted no time in expressing some of the Catholic Church's views on what should be happening in Hong Kong.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Time for church to render unto Caesar

On most topics, a columnist like yours truly gets a few responses at most, but write something naughty about the Catholic and Anglican churches and the faithful will, without fail, rally to the cause and put you in your place.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Democracy? Not in my schoolyard!

The Catholic Church, under the former leadership of the intransigent Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, has been badly misled. It tried to sue the government to resist introducing much-needed reform in aided schools and is now getting its just deserts. Not only did it lose its marathon case in the highest court last October, the same court has now ordered it to pay all costs.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Bishop Tong joins Zen as HK cardinal

Hong Kong's Bishop John Tong Hon has been named one of 22 new cardinals by Pope Benedict, highlighting the significance of the city in the Vatican's push to extend its influence in China.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

We should thank pan-democrats for standing up to regime in Beijing

I entirely agree with Peter Forsythe's letter ('Those who speak openly about national issues are patriots, not traitors', November 18). He considers Anson Chan Fang On-sang, Martin Lee Chu-ming, Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun to be patriots.

The article by Philip Fang to which he was responding ('Brat in the family', November 9) was misleading.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Those who speak openly about national issues are patriots, not traitors

I refer to the article by Philip Fang ('Brat in the family', November 9).

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am