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 Selvister Ponnumuthan
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Bishop Selvister Ponnumuthan
Bishop's House,
P.B. No. 48, Kollam Dist.,
Punalur - 691 305, Kerala, India

Phone: 91-475- 2227078, 2220229, 0475 222 5419, 91-9447310361
Fax :+91 475 - 2225419
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Selvister Ponnumuthan was born on Aug. 10, 1956, in Uchakada village in Thiruvananthapuram district. He joined St. Vincent's Minor Seminary at Trivandrum and completed his college education in St Xavier's College. He joined St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary Carmelgiri in 1975. He was ordained priest on Dec. 19, 1981, by Bishop Jacob Acharuparambil. He served four months as assistant parish priest before taking over the charge of prefect in St. Vincent’s Minor Seminary for eight years. Later, he took a doctorate from Gregorian University Rome. He joined Carmelgiri Seminary as lecturer in 1996 and was appointed as vice rector of the seminary in 1998, and became its rector in 2008. He was ordained as the third bishop of Punalur diocese on June 28, 2009.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Joseph Kariyil (2005-2009)
  • Bishop Mathias Kappil (1986-2005)

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