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Brian Burns / September 23,2022

Hong Kong puts 90-year-old cardinal on trial over protest fund

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Hong Kong puts 90-year-old cardinal on trial over protest fund

Hong Kong puts 90-year-old cardinal on trial over protest fund

Cardinal Joseph Zen, a 90-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong and outspoken critic of China’s ruling Communist Party, went on trial Monday over his role in a relief fund for the city’s pro-democracy protests in 2019.

The high-profile case has brought renewed focus on the warming ties between Beijing and the Vatican, which has seen the latter appear to avoid remarks that could risk upsetting China.

Zen, one of Asia’s most senior Catholic clerics, was arrested by Hong Kong’s national security police in May along with three other leading democracy activists, including Cantopop star Denis Ho.

The four trustees of the protest fund were initially arrested on suspicion of “collusion with foreign forces,” a charge under a sweeping national security law that carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

They have since been charged with a lesser offense for failing to register the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, set up in June 2019 to help pay the legal and medical fees for protesters under arrest. The fund ceased operations last year following an investigation by the national security police.

Brian Burns / February 11,2022

What Are You Hoping for In 2022?

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Over the last couple of years, the question, What are we hoping for? has been an important one to chew on. We each have a multiplicity of good and right hopes. We’ve been hoping that the pandemic will come to an end, that restrictions will be alleviated, and that church life will return to normal.

Brian Burns / February 20,2021

Christians Its Time For ‘An Appeal To Heaven’

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Christians Its Time For ‘An Appeal To Heaven’

Christians Its Time For ‘An Appeal To Heaven’
Now is the time for the prayer warriors to make an appeal to Heaven
 
By C.J. Refsland
This flag was flown by George Washington and early Patriots.
(ICB)  Christians take a stand.  Now is the time for an Appeal to Heaven.  Embrace this as our forefathers did.
Christians need to turn back to God.  This is no time for the weak kneed, meely, mouthed, watered down, cheap grace leaders of God’s people.
You need to understand we are in a spiritual war.  Never has there been so much evil and deception since WWll.  Actually many watchers are warning that we haven’t seen this degree of demonic since ancient times.  Our forefathers, exhausted for attempting to redress the government for grievances understood that there was no way to move forward.  They made an appeal to Heaven.  John Locke a British historian wrote this : “And where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven.
George Washington actually flew this flag on his ships.  They were God fearing men and knew that God was King, He and He alone could judge and give Justice for His people.
Its time for an appeal to heaven.  Not for the faint of heart.  I intend to cry out to the Lord and pray Psalm 94 every day.

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