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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 Maria Calist Soosa Pakiam
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Archbishop Maria Calist Soosa Pakiam
Archbishop's House
P.B. No. 805
Vellayambalam
Trivandrum - 695 003
Kerala, India

Phone: +91-471-2724001,; +91-471-2723001
Fax :+91-471-2725001
Email: [email protected]

Archbishop Maria Calist Soosa Pakiam was born on March 11, 1946, into a fishermen family in Marthandanthurai, a coastal village in Tamil Nadu bordering Kerala. He was ordained priest on Dec. 20, 1969. He was appointed apostolic administrator of the diocese of Trivandrum on Jan. 13, 1990, and consecrated as bishop on Feb. 2, 1990. He was elevated as first archbishop of Trivandrum on June 17, 2004.

Archbishop Soosa Pakiam is chairman of the laity commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI). He is a member of the commission for liturgy of the C.C.B.I. and of the laity commission of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference (FABC). He is also chairman of the commission for anti-alcoholic movement of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Jacob Acharuparambil OFM Cap (1979-1991)
  • Archbishop Peter Bernard Pereira (1966-1978)
  • Bishop Vincent Dereira OCD (1937-1966)

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