Since becoming Hong Kong's number two-ranking Catholic prelate in 1996, Bishop Joseph Zen has been an advocate for human rights and religious freedom. Following last month's death of Cardinal John Wu, Zen now leads the city's 227,000 Catholics—and he tells TIME's Bryan Walsh he doesn't plan to pipe down.
Do you feel any pressure to mute your criticism of the government?
Before, I was just assistant bishop, but now I'm the bishop, so maybe I have to be a little more indirect.
How do you respond to critics...
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