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Cardinal Zen pleads not guilty, says ‘martyrdom is normal’ in Church

On Tuesday Cardinal Joseph Zen, retired bishop of Hong Kong, made a court appearance and plead non-guilty to charges that led to his arrest earlier this month, saying in a Mass later that Christians must “steel themselves” for defending the faith.

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Vatican minister visits Ukraine as pope toes delicate line

The Vatican’s foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, is heading to Kyiv this week as the Holy See seeks to balance its concern for Ukrainians amid Russia’s war with its efforts to keep open a channel of dialogue with Moscow.

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Pope’s Ukraine diplomacy a political and spiritual tightrope

Pope Francis hasn’t made much of a diplomatic mark in Russia’s war in Ukraine, seemingly unable to capitalize on his moral authority, soft power or direct line to Moscow to nudge an end to the bloodshed or at least a cease-fire.

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