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.

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Archbishop William Seng Chye Goh
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31 Victoria Street,
Singapore 187 997

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Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye became the archbishop of Singapore when Archbishop Nicholas Chia retired in April 2013.

Archbishop Goh, born on June 25, 1957, was ordained as a priest on May 1, 1985 by the late Archbishop Gregory Yong.

On December 29, 2012 the Vatican appointed Fr William Goh as Coadjutor Archbishop of Singapore. He is the second Singapore-born clergyman to hold the office of the archbishop.

He was ordained as Coadjuctor Archbishop of Singapore on 22 February 2013, at a function attended by by the President of the Republic of Singapore,
Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Chief Justice of Singapore Sundaresh Menon, state dignitaries, twenty bishops, more than 170 priest and an estimated 14,000 Roman Catholics, together with representatives of the major religions in Singapore.

When asked what was his first priority as Archbishop of Singapore, he said it was to be engaged with the youths of Singapore as they are "vibrant, creative and full of energy". He added that he would like to meet them to understand their aspirations and how they can contribute to the growth of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Archbishop also pledged to restudy the structure of the church and make it more effective and efficient so that there will be more communication and understanding within the church so that the church may operate and work in unity and peace.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Nicholas Chia (2001-2013)
  • Archbishop Gregory Yong Sooi Ngean (1977-2000)
  • Archbishop Michael Olcomendy (1947-1976)
  • Bishop Adrien Pierre Devals (1934-1945)
  • Bishop Emile Marie Barillon (1904-1933)
  • Bishop Rene Michel Marie Fee (1896-1904)
  • Bishop Edouard Gasnier, Apostolic Vicar (1878-1896)
  • Bishop Michel Ester Le Turdu, Apostolic Vicar (1871-1877)
  • Bishop Jean Baptiste Boucho, Apostolic Vicar (1845-1871)
  • Bishop Jean Paul Hilaire Michel Courvezy, Apostolic Vicar (1833-1844)
  • Bishop J. Florens (1811-1834)
  • Bishop Arnaud Antoine Garnault (1786-1811)
  • Monsignor Joseph Coude (1782-1785)

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