Senior Chinese bishop to Catholics: Defend your faith even if it means martyrdom

Joseph Zen, the former archbishop of Hong Kong, said the Vatican should harden its line towards Beijing and that a planned meeting of China’s officially sanctioned priests and bishops would be a “slap in the face” to Benedict XVI.

Catholics who were persecuted by the state in China should be prepared for martyrdom. “If the circumstance so requires, then we must be ready for martyrdom, there is no choice,” he said.