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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 Warnakulasuriya Devsritha Valence Mendis
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Bishop Warnakulasuriya Devsritha Valence Mendis
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Chilaw, Sri Lanka

Phone: (94) 32 - 2222332, 2223377, Office: (94) 32-2220625
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Bishop Warnakulasuriya Devsritha Valence Mendis was born on May 21, 1958, at Koralawella in Moratuwa. He was ordained a priest on July 20, 1985 at St. Joseph's church, Wennappuwa. He was consecrated as Co-Adjutor Bishop of Chilaw on April 02, 2005. Bishop Valence Mendis completed the M. A. at the university of Peradeniya and became the visiting lecturer in the department of Philosophy. He speaks Italian, German, Latin, English, Sinhala and Tamil. He was the first director of the national seminary philosophate. Bishop Valence Mendis is the chairman of the National commission for education, Bible apostolate, catechetics. Chairman of the National commission for Migrants, refugees, health. Chairman of the national commission for ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue of the catholic bishops' conference of Sri Lanka.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Frank Marcus Fernando (1972 - 2006)
  • Bishop Edmund Peiris, O.M.I (1940 - 1972)

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