Petty Allegations: Cardinal Zen Appears in Court

Cardinal Joseph Zen appeared May 24 in a Hong Kong court. He is charged with failing to properly register the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, a protest defence fund, as “society.”

This is a simple administrative offence punishable by a fine of about €1.200. Nevertheless, Zen was initially arrested under the city's national security law for “conspiracy to collaborate with foreign forces” which could be punished with life imprisonment.

Zen and four other defendants pleaded not guilty. The trial will begin September 19. The prosecution announced they have "ten boxes of exhibits" and "eight hours of video footage" to support their case.

Hong Kong’s vicar general, Father Joseph Chan, and diplomats from multiple EU countries including Germany, France, Sweden and Italy attended the hearing in order to use the Cardinal for their own political games.

Chan said he was mostly concerned about Zen's health. However, the ninety-year-old seems to be in good spirits.

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Cardinal Joseph Zen appeared in court in Hong Kong on May 24, a date which is the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.
Jeffrey Ade
Masking! A sign of submission!
DrMaria
Our Lady is keeping this saintly Cardinal under Her Immaculate Mantle - today, May 24, is the Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians. Sept 19 is the Feast of Our Lady of LaSalette. May She use this Cardinal's suffering to expose the evil and demonic forces reigning in the Vatican - so all can see the truth about what is going on there - and many eyes will be opened!
lancs1
The Vatican has nothing to say. It's too busy persecuting traditional priests and communities. The Vatican has much in common with the Chinese regime.
Maggie212
And the Vatican response for this outrage against this great Cardinal?