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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

  • Homes for the disabled:
    4
  • Homes for the elderly:
    2
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
    28
  • Orphanages:
    19
  • Socio-economic centers:
    4

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Action Society
  • Catholic Association
  • Christian life Community
  • Christian Renewal Movement of India
  • Franciscan III Order
  • Kolping Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • Movement for Better World
  • Sacred Heart League
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • Young Christian Workers Movement

Social Communications

  • Father Antony Rajan is in charge of the social communications office
  • Printing Press:
    St. Augustine's Press, Madurai
    Phone: (91) 452-2736134
  • Printing Press:
    MAVIGA, Madurai
    Phone: (91) 452-2560090

  • The archdiocese publishes a monthly newsletter, DNL, and a monthly newspaper in Tamil, Catholikku Sevai

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Primary Schools:
    123
  • Post-secondary Schools - :
    9,870
  • Primary Schools - Students:
    65,795
  • Post-secondary Schools:
    6
  • Pre-primary Schools:
    47
  • Pre-primary Schools - Students:
    4,650
  • Secondary Schools:
    44
  • Secondary Schools - Students:
    55,790

Major Archdiocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Christian Life:
    Convener: Father S. Peter Kulandai
  • Commissions:
    Father S. Peter Kulandai (director, Nobili Pastoral Centre)
    Addresses of all commissions: c/o Nobili Pastoral Centre, Madurai - 625 007, India
    Phone: (91) 452-256 6086
  • Communications:
    Convener: Father Antony Rajan
  • Dialogue :
    Convener: Father A.K. David
  • Ecumenism :
    Convener: Father A.K. David
  • Education :
    Convener: Father M. John Martin
  • Evangelization :
    Convener: Father P. Gandhi Savarimuthu
  • Family Welfare :
    Convener: Sister Selvamani
  • Justice, Development and Peace :
    Convener: Father M Apolin Claret Raj
  • Labor :
    Convener: Father S. A. Pari Valan
  • Laity :
    Convener: Lobo Albert Roy
  • Madurai Multipurpose Social Service Society :
    Convener: Father T.R. Jayabalan
  • Vigilance :
    Convener: Monsignor Z. Joseph Selvaraj
  • Vocation and Seminaries:
    Conveners: Monsignor Z. Joseph Selvaraj and Father Apolin Claret Raj
  • Women :
    Convener: Mrs. Sophia
  • Youth :
    Convener: Father S.A. Pari Valan

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