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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 Pablo Virgilio Siongco David
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Bishop Pablo Virgilio Siongco David
San Roque Cathedral Compound,
10th Ave. cor A. Mabini St.,
Calookan City, Philippines

Phone: (02)287-0380; 287-3693
Fax :288-9035; 288-9116
Email: [email protected]

Pope Francis on September 14, 2015, Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David Siongco of San Fernando the new Bishop of Kalookan in the Philippines.

The diocese was vacant since January 25, 2013 after the resignation of its first bishop Deogracias S. Iñiguez, who had resigned early due to his deteriorating health.

Bishop David was born in Betis, Guagua, Pampanga, in the Archdiocese of San Fernando, on March 2, 1959. He attended secondary school at the Mother of Good Counsel Minor Seminary. He did philosophy studies at the 'Ateneo’ de Manila University, and his theology course at the Loyola School of Theology.

He was ordained a priest March 12, 1983 for the Archdiocese of San Fernando.

After a year as assistant parish priest, he was Director of the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary until 1986. From 1986 to 1991 he studied for Licentiate and later a Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of Louvain(Belgium).

After returning to his country he held various offices of teaching within the educational team at the archdiocesan seminary. In 2002 he became director of the Department of Theology at the seminary, continuing to teach Sacred Scripture.

In 2012 he was elected vice-president of the 'Association of Catholic biblical scholars of the Philippines and Vice of the Archdiocesan Media Apostolate Networks.

On May 27, 2006 he was appointed Titular Bishop of Guardialfiera and Auxiliary of San Fernando, by Pope Benedict XVI.

Within the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines, he is the President of the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate.

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