Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Hong Kong university students protest extradition proposal

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

Catholics university students in Hong Kong are joining their voices to the widespread protests against a now-suspended proposal to permit extraditions to mainland China.


Catholic Online (
8/6/2019 (9 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Hong Kong, China, (CNA) - "Many young people fear that the amendment will violate our freedom," said Edwin Chow, acting president of the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students.

"They believe that if we do not act right now, we will never have a chance again. They want to protect their home," he told ucanews.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, recently introduced a bill that would allow for secret arrests and extraditions to mainland China, where Communist courts would try alleged criminals.

The legislation drew widespread protest and was placed on hold indefinitely in June, but protests have continued, drawing hundreds of thousands of participants. Demonstrators are calling for the proposal to be definitively withdrawn, and some are demanding Lam's resignation.

Advocacy groups have voiced concern that the bill could endanger the freedom that Christians in Hong Kong currently enjoy.

The Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students has been a vocal presence against the proposal, handing out pamphlets against it and participating in marches and prayer services calling for its rejection. It is planning to reach out to Catholic parishes, in the hopes of drawing further participation, according to ucanews.

Chow said more than 160,000 students, teachers, and alumni signed a petition against the extradition bill.

Several Catholic leaders have also spoken out in support of the protestors and urged dialogue and peace.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, held a Mass and prayer service to pray for "the future of [Hong Kong]" and posted a message of support for the demonstrators on social media.

Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong took part in a continuous ecumenical prayer meeting outside the Legislative Council building with thousands of Christians overnight after one rally. Chow told ucanews that Bishop Ha is seen by many young people as a witness of peaceful protest.

Cardinal John Tong Hon, Apostolic Administrator of Hong Kong, was one of six religious leaders to join a coalition representing Catholicism, Protestant Christianity, Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Islam. The coalition has called for an end to violent protests, stressed the need for individual rights to be respected, and urged the government and the protestors to sit down together to engage in dialogue.

In a June 12 statement, the Diocese of Hong Kong lamented that the dispute over the extradition bill "has now come to a violence and bloodshed stage."

"Therefore, once more we make an urgent appeal, that the SAR Government and the general public exercise restraint and seek a solution to the current dilemma through peaceful, rational channels," the diocese said.

There are some 581,000 Catholics in Hong Kong, or about 8% of the population.

Hongkongers currently have significantly more freedoms than Chinese living on the mainland, including access to uncensored internet. Hong Kong was a British colony until 1997, and it was returned to China under a "one country, two systems" principle, allowing it its own legislature and economic system.

The Church in mainland China has been divided for some 60 years between the underground Church, which is persecuted and whose episcopal appointments are frequently not acknowledged by Chinese authorities, and the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, a government-sanctioned organization.

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Free Catholic PDF's

How to Pray the Rosary, Hail Mary, Our Father, Saints, Prayers, Coloring Books, Novenas, Espanol and more. All FREE to download and faithful to the Magisterium.

Download Now >

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2020 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2020 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.