I met Bishop Stephen Chow during the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in October 2016. At the time, I was looking for Jesuits who could write about China in La Civiltà Cattolica from first-hand experience, and I approached him to ask who I could contact. He soon became Provincial of the Jesuits of China, and our conversation continued.
I always received balanced and wise views from him, capable of considering the picture of the Chinese situation and expressing great love for the Church and the Country. Both during some of his trips to Rome and one of my trips to Beijing, where I gave lectures at The Beijing Center and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, we had the opportunity to deepen the conversation. It continued even after his appointment as Bishop of Hong Kong.
I thought I would ask him a few questions after his recent trip to Beijing.