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Cardinal Cheong

The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Archdiocese of Gwangju

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Archbishop Hyginus Hee-joong Kim
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Archbishop Hyginus Hee-joong Kim
997-1, Sangmu 2-dong,
Seo-gu, Gwangju, 502-855

Phone: (82) 62-380-2809
Fax :(82) 62-380-2840
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong was born on Feb. 21, 1947, in Mokpo, Jeollanam-do province. He was ordained priest on Jul. 5, 1975, and appointed auxiliary bishop of Kwangju on Jun. 24, 2003. His Episcopal ordination was on Aug. 18, 2003. He was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Kwangju on Jul. 10, 2009, and consecrated on Sept. 8, 2009. Archbishop Kim succeeded archbishop of Kwangju on Mar. 25, 2010.

He is president of the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine and of the Committee for Promoting Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue of the CBCK.

In 2007 and 2008 respectively, he was appointed as a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Andreas Choi Chang-mou, S.T.D., D.D (2000-2010)
  • Archbishop Victorinus Youn Kong-hi, S.T.D., D.D (1973-2000)
  • Archbishop Peter Han Kong-ryol, D.D (1971-1973)
  • Archbishop Harold Henry, S.S.C., D.D (1950-1971)
  • Monsignor Patrick Brennan, S.S.C (1949-1950 Apostolic Prefect)
  • Monsignor Owen McPolin, S.S.C (1945-1948 Apostolic Prefect)
  • Monsignor Thomas Wakida Asagoro (1943-1945 Apostolic Prefect)
  • Monsignor Owen McPolin, S.S.C (1937-1943 Apostolic Prefect)

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