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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 Peter Xinmao Feng
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Bishop Peter Xinmao Feng
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Nanchengqiang Street,
Jingxian county, Hebei province, China [053500]

Phone: +86 318 4222841
Fax :+86 318 7156825

Bishop Peter Feng Xinmao of Hengshui (Jingxian) was ordained Jan. 6, 2004 as coadjutor bishop of Hengshui diocese in Hebei province. He immediately succeeded Bishop Mathias Chen Xilu when he died on Jan. 16, 2008 after having been in a coma for six years.
Bishop Feng was appointed by Pope John Paul II and was approved by the government-sanctioned Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in China. The bishop obtained a master's degree in canon law in 1990 at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He is the first bishop ordained since 1980 - when religion was revived in China - to have obtained a postgraduate degree.

The bishop has been teaching English and philosophy at Hebei Catholic Seminary in Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital, about 270 kilometers southwest of Beijing, as well as at Hengshui diocese's minor seminary. Bishop Feng told UCA News after his ordination that his main task is to upgrade the education standard of both the minor seminary and the Religious women's congregation in the diocese.

The bishop serves as director of Jinde charities in Shijiazhuang, provincial capital of Hebei where the nationwide Catholic non-profit organization is based,

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Mathias Chen Xilu † (1928-2008)
  • Bishop Petrus Fan Wenxing † (1921-2006)
  • Bishop Leopoldo Brellinger, S.J. † (1839-1967)

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