Cardinal Firebrand’s Arrest Highlights Split in Hong Kong’s Catholic Church

HONG KONG—Using an umbrella as a walking stick, the 90-year-old cardinal JosephZen entered a courtroom on Wednesday to attend a preliminary hearing for accused national security activists. A thorn in Beijing’s side for decades, the pro-democracy firebrand still dedicates his days to supporting his fellow activists even as his body grows fragile.

Shortly after, police arrested Cardinal Zen and four others on allegations that they had conspired with foreign forces to endanger China’s national security.


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