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Veteran Hong Kong cardinal continues to speak out

Zen Ze-kiun sees warming Vatican-China relationship as a sham

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun is concerned about the diminishing gap between the Vatican and the Chinese Communist Party.

HONG KONG -- After a month of suffering from a lung disease, 84-year-old Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun is back again as a harsh critic of the Communist Party of China. This time, though, he is directing the brunt of his anger at the Roman Curia.

"It's really incredible how they can do such wrong things in Rome," Zen raged during a recent interview with The Nikkei at a Salesian monastery on a hill in eastern Hong Kong. "The new pope doesn't know anything about the church in China, and some people [in the Vatican are guiding the pope] in the wrong direction," he said. "It's a very dangerous situation."

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