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In Memories of Two Cardinals in Asia

Cardinal Cheong
Cardinal Sim

The Church in Asia lost two cardinals in less than two months this year.

Cardinal Cornelius Sim, a new cardinal in Asia and the first of Brunei, died on May 29. He was 69.

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, 89, former archbishop of Seoul and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea, passed away on April 27.

More about the lives of Cardinal Sim and Cardinal Cheong
and the Churches in Brunei and South Korea, of which their missions were dedicated to.

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Creches:
    0
  • Day Care Centre:
    1
  • Dispensaries:
    5
  • HIV AIDS Centre:
    1
  • Home for Mentally Challenged:
    9
  • Home for the Disabled:
    4
  • Homes for the Aged, Destitute:
    7
  • Hospices:
    1
  • Hospitals:
    5
  • Hostels & Boarding:
    25
  • Marriage Bureau:
    3
  • Orphanages:
    7
  • Social Service Societies:
    2

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Biblical Apostolate Commission:
    Chairman: Father George Puthuparambil
  • Catechetical Commission:
    Chairman: Father Siju Mudakodil
  • Commission for Pontifical Organisations:
    Chairman: Father Rogi Mukalel
  • Commissions for Pious Associations:
    Chairman: Father Rogi Mukalel
  • Ecumenical Commission:
    Chairman: Father Thomas Kurisummoottil
  • Education Commission:
    Chairman: Prof. Stephen Analil.
  • Family Apostolate Commission:
    Chairman: Father Bressan Ozhungalil
  • Hadusa-Christian Performing Arts Commission:
    Director: Father George Kurisummoottil
  • Labour Commission:
    Director: Father Renny Kattel
  • Social Welfare Commission:
    Chairman: Father Mathew Elappanickal
  • Vocation Commission:
    Chairman: Father Thomas Adoppillil
  • Youth Commission:
    Chaplain: Father Jinu Kavil

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Adopt a Granny Scheme:
    Director: Father Michael Vettickatt
  • Charismatic Movement:
    Director: Father Abraham Kochuparambil
  • Cherupuzhpa Mission League:
    Director: Father Rogi Mukalel
  • Diaspora Ministry:
    Director: Father Michael Vettickatt
  • Kerala Catholic Students League:
    Director: Father Philip Ramachanattu
  • Knanaya Catholic Congress:
    Chaplain: Father Mathew Elappananickal
  • Knanaya Catholic Women's Association:
    Director: Father Mathew Elappanickal
  • Knanaya Catholic Youth League:
    Director: Father Francis Edattukunnechalil
  • Legion of Mary:
    Chaplain: Father Thomas Tharayil
  • Missionary Association of Knanaya Laity:
    Director: Father John Chethalil
  • Save a Family:
    Director: Father Michael Vettickatt
  • Secular Fransican Order:
    Chaplain: Father John Thottukulappananiyil
  • St. Vincent De Paul:
    Spiritual Director: Father Simon Edathiparambil
  • Temperance Movement:
    Chairman: Father Mathew Kureethara

Social Communications

  • Media Center- Kottayam Communications:
    Director: Father Michael Vettickat
    Joint Director: Father Joby Parackacheruvil
  • Printing press:
    4
  • Public Relations Department:
    Public Relations Office:Father Joseph Ezharath,
    Mr. Sabu Kurian Inchenattil
  • Publication, Monthly:
    Sacred Heart (Diocesan Bulletin)
    Apana Des (Fortnightly)

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Senior Secondary Schools:
    11
  • Colleges:
    4
  • High Schools (Aided & Unaided):
    23
  • Lower Primary Schools (Aided & Unaided):
    60
  • Nurseries:
    87
  • Technical & Industrial Training Institutions:
    24
  • Upper Primary Schools (Aided & Unaided):
    31

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