Tributes for Taiwan cardinal28 August 2012
Pope Benedict XVI has paid tribute to the "dedicated service" given the Church by Taiwan's first and only cardinal, Paul Shan Kuo-Hsi SJ, who died on 22 August aged 88.
The Jesuit encouraged Pope John Paul II to canonise a number of Chinese martyrs, which he did in 2000 against the wishes of the Chinese Government. The cardinal, president of the Chinese Regional Episcopal Conference from 1987 until 2005, was born in Puyang in Henan provice but never ministered in mainland China. He worked in Vietnam and, for most of his ministry, in Taiwan.
Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired bishop of Hong Kong and outspoken critic of the Beijing Government, praised the late cardinal, saying he would "often travel to Taiwan to speak with him and seek his wise counsel".
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