Pope following the ‘complex’ life of Catholics in China

Pope Francis, seated in a wheelchair following knee treatment, looks on during an audience to readers of the weekly 'Christian Family' on May 21, 2022 at Paul-VI hall in The Vatican.(File photo: AFP)
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Sunday “I attentively and actively follow the often complex life and the matters of the faithful and pastors, and I pray every day for them,” the pontiff told the public gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Francis said he took the chance to “assure them once again of my spiritual closeness”, without directly referencing a 90-year-old cardinal arrested in Hong Kong this month.اضافة اعلان

Retired cardinal Joseph Zen, one of the most senior Catholic clerics in Asia, was among a group of veteran democracy advocates arrested in Hong Kong earlier this month for “colluding with foreign forces”.

Zen has been critical of the Vatican’s decision to reach a compromise with China over the appointment of bishops on the mainland, and critics have accused the Vatican of downplaying his arrest.

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