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Cardinal Zen reports restrictions on contacts during visit to Shanghai

Catholic World News - October 18, 2010

Cardinal Joseph Zen met with several Church leaders on mainland China last week, but reports that he was not able to speak with leaders of the “underground” Church.

Cardinal Zen—the retired bishop of Hong Kong, and an outspoken critic of Beijing’s restrictions on religious freedom—was visiting the mainland for the first time since 2004. Although he was allowed to meet Bishop Jin Luxian of Shanghai, the cardinal said the conversation was limited. The Chinese regime, he charged has “installed a padlock on people’s mouths.”

Interestingly, the AP report on Cardinal Zen’s visit includes the revelation that when a reporter called the Shanghai diocese for comment, a spokesman for Bishop Jin said that the reporter should first seek permission from the government-sponsored Catholic Patriotic Association before conducting an interview.

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