From the South China Morning Post:
Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Hong Kong’s outspoken former bishop, has asked Pope Francis not to visit China, saying the pontiff would be “manipulated”.
Improving ties between the Vatican and Beijing has given rise to speculation the pope could reach out to China.
But Zen told the Corriere della Sera, an Italian newspaper, in an interview: “I would tell him now: ‘Don’t come, you would be manipulated.’”
“The few courageous [Catholics] could not meet [the Pope], and the Communist Party would show him the illegitimate bishops, including the three excommunicated ones,” the 82-year-old said in the interview.
Interesting…so when was the last time you’ve ever heard a bishop ask the Holy Father not to visit?