No Confidence in HK’s Religious Freedom (Cardinal Joseph Zen/Stephen Bannon)

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Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, S.D.B., Bishop emeritus of Hong Kong (China), was born in 1932 in Yang King-pang, Shanghai, China. He was ordained a priest on 11 February 1961 for the Society of Don Bosco, the Salesian Order. Cardinal Zen served as a Salesian Provincial Superior for China for six years, and from 1989-96 he taught philosophy and sacramental theology in various Chinese seminaries. On 13 September 1996 he was appointed Coadjutor of the diocese of Hong Kong, and on 23 September 2002, he was made Bishop of the diocese. He received episcopal ordination on 9 December 1996. He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of 24 March 2006, of the Title of Santa Maria Madre del Redentore a Tor Bella Monaca (St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer at Tor Bella Monaca). During the 11th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, he spoke on "Sensus ecclesiae and religious freedom", addressing the situation of the Church in China and of the signs of hope that the Church, after years of forced separation which had apparently "divided it in two", is a single Church heading towards a "normalization". Cardinal Zen has publicly stated that his appointment as a member of the College of Cardinals is a sign of the Holy Father’s concern and affection for all of China. He became Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong (China), 14 April 2009.

Stephen K. Bannon  was an officer in the United States Navy for seven years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the 1990s, he became an executive producer in Hollywood, and produced 18 films between 1991 and 2016. In 2007, he co-founded Breitbart News. In August 2016, Bannon was named the chief executive officer of Trump's 2016 presidential bid. Following Trump's victory, Bannon was appointed Chief Strategist in the Trump administration. He left this position on August 18, 2017, and rejoined Breitbart. After leaving the White House, Bannon opposed the Republican Party establishment and supported insurgent candidates in Republican primaries. In October 2019, Bannon began co-hosting War Room, a daily radio show and podcast. On June 3, 2020 Bannon and Guo Wengui participated in declaring a "New Federal State of China". It was proclaimed that they would overthrow the Chinese government.

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