The new Hong Kong bishop says pray for the victims of Tiananmen, follow the law

Hong Kong — Hong Kong’s next Catholic bishop said Tuesday that he would pray for the victims of China’s 1989 crackdown on opposition to democratization in and around Tiananmen Square in Beijing, but he said it in public. Whether it can be done depends on the law of the city.

Pope Francis on Monday appointed Stephen Chow, 61, who was responsible for the Jesuit orders in Hong Kong after a long delay. Chow officially takes command of the parish on December 4th.

He has some strong and established figures who want a less conflicting approach with those who want the parish to fight for Hong Kong’s declining freedom as China’s authoritarian dominance grows. Inherit a herd divided among other people, including.

The Catholic Church in Hong Kong has traditionally played an active role in commemorating the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square Incident. Such activities are prohibited in China, where the subject matter is very sensitive.

In his first public statement since he was appointed, Mr. Chow said there were various ways to commemorate June 4, and he had attended public events in the past and was unable to attend. Said there is.

“I pray, I pray for China, I pray for all those who died in 1989 from all walks of life. Whether this year is possible [to do it in public] It depends on the legal requirements. “

The former British colonies have traditionally been the world’s greatest vigilance each year, and when they returned to Chinese rule in 1997, they were promised certain freedoms, including the right to expression and assembly.

Last year was the first year police were banned from vigilance at global financial hubs, citing coronavirus restrictions on group gatherings. This year’s protests are expected to face a similar fate.

Still, most of June last year was a peaceful event, with tens of thousands of people lighting candles around the city and banning short skirmishes with riot police in some areas.

Last year’s anniversary was particularly sensitive, as Beijing prepared to introduce a radical national security law. Anything that China considers to be destruction, separation, terrorism, or collusion with foreign troops is a crime.

This year, the event is particularly troublesome for Beijing, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party on July 1.

Reuters report In December, there was growing concern among senior priests in Hong Kong that Beijing was trying to expand its control over the city’s episcopal see.

Chow, a powerful Catholic beachhead on the edge of mainland China, officially under the control of the atheist Communist Party, attempts to heal the division through dialogue, saying “unification is not the same as unification.” Said there is a possibility.

“How can I bring healing? … I’m listening. That’s the basics.”

By Pak Yiu

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