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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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Archbishop Romulo Tolentino de la Cruz
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Archbishop Romulo Tolentino de la Cruz
Centro Pastoral,
P.O. Box 1, Puerto del Sol,
Gov. Camins Ave., 7000
Zamboanga City, Philippines

Phone: (062)992-7668
Fax :993-2608
Email: [email protected]

Pope Francis named Romulo Tolentino de la Cruz Archbishop of Zamboanga on March 15, 2014.

He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Cotabato on December 8, 1972.

On December 17, 1987 Pope John Paul II appointed him the coadjutor bishop of Isabela. Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani, the apostolic nuncio in the Philippines, consecrated him bishop on March 16, 1988.

On January 28, 1989, he succeeded José María Mendizábal Querejeta CMF, who resigned on health reasons, as the bishop of Isabela.

Pope John Paul II on 8 January 2001 appointed him to Coadjutor Bishop of San Jose de Antique. On March 16, 2002, Romulo Tolentino de la Cruz in succeeded José Raul Quimpo Martirez, who resigned on health reasons, the bishop of San Jose de Antique.

On 14 May 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the Bishop of Kidapawan. He took charge of the diocese on 19 June of the same year.

He was installed Archbishop of Zamboanga on May 4, 2014.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Romulo G. Valles (13 Nov 2006 Appointed - 11 Feb 2012 Appointed, Archbishop of Davao)
  • Archbishop Francisco R. Cruces, DD (1973-1994)

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