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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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Auxiliary Bishop Midyphil Bermejo Billones
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Auxiliary Bishop Midyphil Bermejo Billones
Chancery, Cardinal Rosales Pastoral Center,
Cor. P. Gomez and P. Burgos St.,
6000 Cebu City, Philippines

Phone: (032)254.1861; 253.0123
Fax :253-0123

Bishop Billones is a native of Panay, Capiz. He earned his degree in Philosophy at St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary in Iloilo City and his doctorate of Theology at the Loyola School of Theology of the Ateneo de Manila University.

The new assistant bishop in Cebu was ordained priest in October 1995. He served as the parochial vicar of the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Iloilo for two years.

Billones later served as personal secretary to the late Archbishop Jover Piamonte and to Archbishop Emeritus Angel Lagdameo.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Dennis Cabanada Villarojo ( 3 Jul 2015 to 14 May 2019)
  • Bishop Oscar Jaime Llaneta Florencio (3 Jul 2015 to 2 Mar 2019)
  • Bishop Emilio L. Bataclan (24 Feb 1990 to 3 May 1995)
  • Julio Rosales y Ras (1949 - 1982)
  • Juan Bautista Gorordo (1910 - 1931)
  • Thomas A. Hendrick (1903 - 1909)
  • Benito Romero, O.F.M. (1876 - 1885)
  • Santos Gmez Maran, O.S.A. (1829 - 1840)
  • Francisco Genovs, O.P. (1825 - 1827)
  • Mateo Joaquin Rubio de Arevalo (1775 - 1788)
  • Protacio Cabezas (1740 - 1753)
  • Pedro Sanz de la Vega y Landaverde, O. de M. (1705 - 1717)
  • Diego de Aguilar, O.P. (1676 - 1692)
  • Juan Velez (1660 - 1662)
  • Pedro Arce, O.S.A. (1612 - 1645)
  • Pedro de Agurto, O.S.A. (1595 - 1608)

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