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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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Bishop Bhagyaiah Chinnabathini
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Guntur-522007, A.P., India

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Email: [email protected]

Pope Francis on June 25, 2016, appointed Father Bhagyaiah Chinnabathini as the new bishop of Guntur diocese.

A priest of Nalgonda diocese in the neighboring state of Telangana, he was born on Sept, 19, 1956, at Motakondur-Yadagirigutta Mandal.

He was ordinated priest May 3, 1983, after his philosophical and theological studies at St. John’s Regional Seminary in Hyderabad.

He has a master’s degree in literature from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
He served Nalgonda diocese and abroad in various capacities and later also served in Germany as chaplain at Herford (1994-1995).

Back in his diocese, he became director of the Kolping Centre and was in charge of the Diocesan Youth Centre. (1995-2002).

Subsequently, he was appointed parish priest of St. Joseph’s Church, Kodad (2002-2003); assistant parish priest in a parish in England in (2003-2005); parish priest in a parish Germany (2006-2007); parish priest at St. Mary’s Church, Hannover, Germany (2007-2011).

Since 2011, Chinnabathini has been parish priest at the Infant Jesus Shrine di Miryalaguda, dioceses of Nalgonda.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Gali Bali (1984-2016)
  • Bishop Mariadas Kagithapu (1977-1983)
  • Bishop Bala Shawry (1974-1977)
  • Bishop Ignatius Mummadi (1943-1974)
  • Bishop Thomas Pothecamury (1940-1943)

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