Cardinal Zen Meets Pope Francis, Prays at Benedict XVI’s Tomb| National Catholic Register

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The cardinal posted photos showing him embracing Benedict XVI’s closed coffin and greeting Pope Francis in front of Michelangelo’s Pietà on the morning of the funeral.

Cardinal Joseph Zen attends the funeral of Benedict XVI.
Cardinal Joseph Zen attends the funeral of Benedict XVI. (photo: Diane Montagna)

Hannah Brockhaus/CNAVaticanJanuary 7, 2023

Cardinal Joseph Zen met privately with Pope Francis on Friday after attending Benedict XVI’s funeral.

The Hong Kong authorities temporarily released the passport of the 90-year-old cardinal, who was arrested last year under the city’s national security law, to allow him to travel to Rome. 

According to America Magazine, Cardinal Zen met Pope Francis in the afternoon on Jan. 6, in the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse.  

“It was wonderful. He was so very warm!” the Chinese cardinal told America Magazine.

Cardinal Zen, formerly the Bishop of Hong Kong, arrived in St. Peter’s Square dressed in red vestments and walking with a cane to concelebrate the funeral Mass of Benedict XVI on Jan. 5.

Cardinal Zen Meets Pope Francis, Prays at Benedict XVI’s Tomb| National Catholic Register

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