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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 Alangaram Arokia Sebastian Durairaj
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Bishop Alangaram Arokia Sebastian Durairaj
Bishop's House,
Khandwa 450 001
Madhya Pradesh, India

Phone: +91 733 2222935 (O), 2223603 (P)
Fax :+91 733 2224038
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Alangaram Arokia Sebastian Durairaj, SVD, was born on May 3, 1957, at Thirunagar in the diocese of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. After attending elementary school in the hometown and in Madurai, he joined St. Charles Seminary in Tiruchirapalli for the Society of the Divine Word in 1971. He completed his pre-university course while he was in St. Charles Seminary. He was ordained priest on May 8, 1985, at Thirunagar, Madurai. Thereafter, he served at Meghanagar (Jhabua) and was co-pastor at Jhabua (1985-1987). He also served as the procurator of SVD Vidhya Bhavan, Bhopal (1987-1988) In 2005, he was elected provincial superior of SVD central Indian province and was re-elected in 2008. He has been appointed bishop of Khandwa diocese by Pope Benedict XVI on May 11, 2009, and was ordained on July 16, 2009.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Leo Cornelio SVD (1999-2007)
  • Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara (1977-1998)

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