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HONG KONG: New bishop outlines realistic approach to China

Bishop Michael Yeung, the new Hong Kong bishop, has outlined his approach in dealing with the repressive regime against religion in China as one of healthy realism that must consider ongoing talks between the Vatican and Beijing.

In an interview with, Bishop Yeung was keen to remind people that he is not a diplomat nor engaged in Vatican-Beijing negotiations, adding that he would not “rock the boat” of the relations between the Church and mainland China.

Bishop Yeung, 71, has been criticized in some Catholic circles for not speaking out enough about issues affecting Catholics on the mainland.

Among the issues are the fate of bishops and priests who have been unlawfully detained or placed under house arrest, the official anti-religion campaigns such as the removal of crosses and church demolitions in the Chinese province of Zhejiang and elsewhere. 

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