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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 Vincent Van Ban Nguyen
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Bishop Vincent Van Ban Nguyen
Ban Me Thuot Bishop's House,
104 Phan Chu Trinh Street,
Thang Loi ward, Buon Ma Thuot city,
Dak Lak province, Vietnam

Phone: +84 500 3852 756
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Vincent Nguyen Van Ban was born on Nov. 25, 1956 at Tuy Hoa parish in Quy Nhon diocese. He studied philosophy and theology at diocesan seminaries from 1968-1988 and worked in his home parish of Tuy Hoa until he was ordained a priest on Sept. 16, 1993. After serving as an assistant priest in his home parish, he furthered his studies at Institut Catholique de Paris from 1996-2005, earning a master's degree in biblical theology. After returning to his diocese, he was put in charge of forming seminarians. He taught at Sao Bien Major Seminary in the coastal Nha Trang city until his episcopal appointment on Feb. 21, 2009. His episcopal ordination took place on May 12 the same year at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in central highlands Buon Ma Thuot city, 1,400 kilometers south of Ha Noi.

Bishop Ban was one of two Asian clergy invited by Pope Benedict XVI to attend the Oct. 5-26, 2008, Synod on the Word of God in Rome.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Apostolic Administrator Bishop Paul Nguyen Van Hoa (2006-2009)
  • Bishop Joseph Nguyen Tich Duc (2000-2006)

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