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Hong Kong cardinal: Pope should take tough line with China

August 27, 2013

Cardinal Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, who served as bishop of Hong Kong from 2002 until his retirement in 2009, has told the Reuters news agency that Pope Francis should take a tough line with China.

“He should not be too nice,” said Cardinal Zen. “They don’t understand kindness; they only understand force.”

Cardinal Zen expressed concern that civil disobedience by Hong Kong pro-democracy activists might spark a violent crackdown from Beijing.

“They may like to provoke some violence, yes, and they may even send people to infiltrate the (protesters),” he said. “I'm worried we may finish with some violence ... Then they have the pretext to crush everything.”

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  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 28, 2013 7:57 PM ET USA

    “He (Pope Francis) should not be too nice,” said Cardinal Zen. “They don’t understand kindness; they only understand force.” The cardinal understands China, despite what many who placate and make excuses for their actions say.