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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 Wayne Francis Berndt
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Bishop Wayne Francis Berndt
Chancery Office,
3 Chome 7-2, Asato, Naha-shi,
Okinawa-ken 902-0067, Japan

Phone: (098)863-2020
Fax :863-8474
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Wayne Berndt, O.F.M. Cap., was born on May 15, 1954, in Fitchburg, diocese of Worcester, U.S.. He entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin of New York, making his first profession on Aug. 16, 1976, and his perpetual profession on June 28, 1980. After arriving in Japan in 1981, he studied Japanese in Tokyo until 1983.

He was ordained a priest on May 21, 1983, in New York.

Since priestly ordination he has held the following positions: parish vicar at Miyako, diocese of Naha (1983-1984); parish vicar at Koza/Futenma/Awase, diocese of Naha (1984-1986); parish priest of Futenma, diocese of Naha (1986-1997); adjunct lecturer at the University of Riukyus diocese of Naha (1986-1998); minister of the Custos of the Friars Minor Capuchin (1994-2000); parish priest of Kumagaya, diocese of Saitama 2000-2002); ministry in the Open House Centre for Migrants, diocese of Saitama (2001-2005); parish priest of Higashi Matsuyama, diocese of Saitama (2002-2005); parish priest of Omiya and Ministry in the Centre for Migrants, diocese of Saitama (2005-2010); minister of the Custos of the Friars Minor Capuchin (2009-2014); Parish priest of Oroku, diocese of Naha (2010-2014); and since 2014: parish priest of Yonabaru, diocese of Naha.

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