Monday, November 4, 2002

Hong Kong bishop offers to step down

Hong Kong's outspoken Roman Catholic leader said Monday that he was prepared to step down if it helps achieve religious freedom in China, or better relations between the Vatican and Beijing. "Sacrificing me is really nothing if the mainland has real religious freedom," Bishop Joseph Zen told The Associated Press. He said he was ready to be transferred elsewhere if his absence could improve relations between the two sides. Zen has long been a critic of Beijing's policies, and has recently slammed the Hong Kong government's planned anti-subversion law.

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