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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Diocese of Thanjavur

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Familiy apostolates:
  • Homes for the disabled:
  • Homes for the elderly:
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
  • Hostels for youths:
  • Orphanages:
  • Socio-economic centers:
  • Youth centers:

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Basic Christian Communities:
    Director: Father Anthonyraj
  • Catholic Charismatic Commission:
    Director: Father S.J.M. Vianney
  • Commission for Bible:
    Director: Sister Mercy
  • Commission for Ecumenism, Dialogue & Communication:
    Director: Father Jerome
  • Commission for Family and Women:
    Director: Sister Julie, FBS
  • Commission for Laity:
    Director: Father Jerome
  • Commission for Liturgy, Catechetics and Evangelization:
    Director: Father Arockiadoss
  • Commission for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Backward Castes:
    Director: Father Arockiasamy M.
  • Commission for Youth and Labor:
    Director: Father Susaimanickam

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Franciscan Third Order
  • Holy Childhood
  • Legion of Mary
  • St. Dominic Savio Siruvar and Sirumiar mandram
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society

Social Communications

  • Besides these two magazines, there are also other publications in the diocese:
    These include Deiva Saptham (Voice of God), a monthly publication from the Diocesan Charismatic Centre, Urimai Vazhvu published by the Thanjavur Multipurpose Social Service Society, and pamphlets and booklets published by Oli Nilayam (House of Light}, a Catholic enquiry center at Thanjavur.
  • Diocesan website:
  • Father Jerome is in charge of the Social communication commission
  • The diocese publishes two monthly magazines:
    one in English, Vailankanni Calling, and another in the local language Tamil, Vailankanni Kuraloli (Voice of Vailankanni), to propagate devotion to Our Lady of Health, Vailankanni
  • The diocese runs a Social Communications Center, called Kalaikadal

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Industrial Training Centers:
  • Secondary Schools:
  • Matriculation Schools:
  • Middle Schools:
  • Teacher Training Institutes:
  • Post Secondary:
  • Primary Schools:

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