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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.

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and the Churches in Brunei and South Korea, of which their missions were dedicated to.

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Archbishop Felix Toppo
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Archbishop Toppo, a Jesuit, was born on Nov 21, 1947, in Tongo, a parish in Gumla diocese. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1968 and was ordained priest in 1982. He was appointed bishop on Jun 14, 1997 and was ordained on Sept. 27, 1997. Pope Francis appointed Bishop Felix Toppo of Jamshedpur as the new archbishop of Ranchi, the mother diocese of India’s tribal catholics. He has a masters degree in psychology from the Gregorian University, Rome.

He has served the Society of Jesus in various capacities as director of pre-novices, novice master and superior. He was appointed the bishop of Jamshedpur in 1997.
He is currently the governing body chairperson of the CBCI Society for Medical Education, North India; chairperson of the Regional Bishops’ Council of Jharkhand and Andaman and vice-chancellor of St. Albert’s College, Ranchi.

Earlier, he was the chairperson of the CBCI Office for Clergy and Religious and of the National Vocation Service Centre, Pune, for four years. Cardinal Toppo has been a bishop for the past 40 years. He became the bishop of Dumka in 1978, when he was 39. He is the first tribal cardinal from Asia.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo (7 Aug 1985 Succeeded - 24 Jun 2018 Retired)
  • Archbishop Pius Kerketta, SJ (1961-1985)
  • Bishop Nicholas Kujur, SJ (1952-1960)
  • Bishop Oscar Sevrin, SJ (1934-1951)
  • Bishop Louis Van Hoeck, SJ (1928--1933)

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