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Vatican rebukes Chinese cardinal

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Cardinal Joseph Zen adjusts his cap as he attends a news conference in Hong Kong March 30, 2006. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican has rebuked a senior cardinal who said its diplomats were “selling out” Chinese Catholics loyal to the pope as part of a deal aimed at normalising ties with Beijing’s communist government. In a sharply worded statement, the Vatican said it was surprising and regrettable that some people in the church were “fostering confusion and controversy”.

It came a day after Cardinal Joseph Zen, the outspoken former archbishop of Hong Kong, caused a stir with a long post on his Facebook page that was highly critical of the Vatican.

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