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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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Apostolic Administrator Telesphore Bilung
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Apostolic Administrator Telesphore Bilung
Bishop's House,
Golmuri P.O., Jamshedpur-831003,
Jharkhand, India

Phone: (0657)2340.298
Fax :2341.279
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Bilung was born on April 15, 1961, at Sargidipa in the diocese of Rourkela, Odisha. He attended primary school and middle school in Gaibira.

In 1979, he joined the Jyoti Bhavan minor Seminary in Sambalpur. In 1985, he entered the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). He professed his first vows in 1986. He was ordained priest on May 2, 1992, in Gaibira. Between 1986 and 1992, Bishop Bilung completed his studies in philosophy and theology at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeth in Pune.

After his ordination, Bishop Bilung served as assistant parish in Puri from 1992 to 1994 and as rector of the Minor Seminary in Sambalpur from 1994 to 1996. Since 2011, Bishop Bilung has been the provincial superior of the Divine Word Missionaries.

On June 20, 2019, Bishop Bilung was appointed as apostolic administrator of Jamshedpur.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Felix Toppo (14 Jun 1997 Appointed - 24 Jun 2018 Appointed, Archbishop of Ranchi)
  • Bishop Joseph Robert Rodericks, S.J. (June 25, 1970 – January 9, 1996)
  • Archbishop Lawrence Trevor Picachy, S.J. (later Cardinal) (Apostolic Administrator May 29, 1969 – June 25, 1970)
  • Bishop Lawrence Trevor Picachy, S.J. (later Cardinal) (July 12, 1962 – May 29, 1969)

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