Sign of Pope’s goodwill toward China

Sign of Pope’s goodwill toward China

In an interview with AsiaNews, Bishop Joseph Zen talks about what his elevation as a cardinal means.

“I have not yet personally met the Pope, but we worked together on the Synod on the Eucharist for three weeks. I wrote to him in November and he answered by way of hand-written letter that was very affectionate”. Moved, he said that “this appointment is a sign of the Pope’s goodwill and love for the whole of China.”

Cardinal Zen has just turned 75 and for some time he had been talking about retiring. “Now everything changes,” he said. “I had made my plans. I almost 75 and was thinking about retirement. Now it won’t happen . . . We’ll respect our marching orders. Perhaps the Pope will need some advice from time to time. On China there will be a lot of work to do.”

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Domenico Bettinelli