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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 Joseph Gong'ao Chen
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Bishop Joseph Gong'ao Chen
c/o Catholic church
170, Dabeijie (North Road), Nanchong, China
Postal Code: 637000

Phone: +86 817-222 16 05, 222 6967

Bishop Joseph Chen Gong'ao was born in 1964, he graduated from the Sichuan Catholic Seminary in 1988 and was ordained a priest two years later. He has presided over diocesan affairs since 2005 and became the rector of the Sichuan Catholic Seminary in 2008. He was ordained Bishop of Nanchong on April 19, 2012 at Sacred Heart of Jesus cathedral. He was approved by the pope in 2002, but recognized by the Chinese government as an elected bishop candidate in 2010, only. Bishop Chen is the fourth bishop of Nanchong, one of five dioceses in southwestern Sichuan province.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Michael Huang Woze (1989 - 2004)
  • Bishop Fan Daojiang (1963 - 1988)
  • Paul Wang Wen-cheng (Uamuencem) † (Dec. 2, 1929 Appointed - Jan. 28 1961 Died)

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