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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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Bishop Francis An Shuxin
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Bishop Francis An Shuxin
137 Yuhua West Road, Baoding City
Hebei Province, China
071000

Phone: 86-312-2010173

Coadjutor Bishop Francis An Shuxin was consecrated by Bishop Peter Liu Guandong on May 2, 1993, as the Auxiliary Bishop of Baoding diocese.

He was arrested in 1996 and was released after spending 10 years in prison as a member of the “underground” Church. He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop in 2007, when Bishop James Su Zhimin, the ordinary of the Diocese, was still in jail.

Bishop An Shuxin joined the government-sanctioned Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, which split the diocese further between the underground and open communities. With the consent of the government, Bishop An was installed as the head of the Diocese of Baoding in 2010, leading the “Open” community.

He was installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Baoding on August 7, 2010.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Su Changshan (illicit bishop) (2000-2006)
  • Bishop James Su Zhimin (Coadjutor Bishop: 2 May 1993; Bishop: 21 Dec 1995)
  • Peter Chen Jianzhang (1992-1994)
  • Matthew Pan Deshi (illicit bishop) (1991-2005)
  • Peter Joseph Fan Xueyan (1951-1992)
  • Joseph Zhou Jishi, C.M. (1931-1946)
  • Paul Léon Cornelius Montaigne, C.M. (1924-1930)
  • Joseph-Sylvain-Marius Fabrègues, C.M. (1910-1923)

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