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Cardinal Zen charges distortion of his position on China

Catholic World News - October 21, 2010

Cardinal Joseph Zen has charged that "malicious" comments about his visit to China earlier this month have been designed to convey the wrong impression about his trip and his motives.

A Chinese web site has speculated that in his meetings with mainland Chinese prelates, Cardinal Zen quietly encouraged attendance at a national congress of the Catholic Patriotic Association. The cardinal, who has been an outspoken critic of Chinese government efforts to control the Church, said that suggestion is "an insult." He stressed that any claim to represent Catholics should be rejected if it is not approved by the Holy See.

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