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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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Archdiocese of Trivandrum (Latin)

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Auxiliary Bishop Christudas Rajappan
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Auxiliary Bishop Christudas Rajappan
Archbishop's House,
Vellayambalam,
Thiruvananthapuram-695003,
Kerala, India

Phone: (0471)2724.001
Fax :2725.001
Email: [email protected]

Pope Francis appointed Father Christudas Rajappan the auxiliary bishop of Trivandrum on Feb. 2, 2016.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1971, at Adimalathura, in the archdiocese of Trivandrum. He entered the Minor Seminary in 1987, did his priestly formation at Papal Seminary, Pune, and was ordained priest on Nov. 25, 1998, for the same archdiocese.

He served the diocese as parish priest at Neerody (1998-1999), secretary to the archbishop and director of K.C.Y.M., Trivandrum (1999-2004) and parish priest at Paruthiyoor.

In 2004 he went to Austria for a German language course and then obtained a licentiate in pastoral theology at Scalabrinian International Migration Institute, Rome (2005-2007). He also obtained a doctorate from the Urbaniana University, Rome (2007-2010).

On his return he was appointed Professor at the Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye (2010-2012). Since 2013, he was rector of St. Vincent Minor Seminary, Menamkulam, and director of the board for clergy and religious.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Jacob Acharuparambil OFM Cap (1979-1991)
  • Archbishop Peter Bernard Pereira (1966-1978)
  • Bishop Vincent Dereira OCD (1937-1966)

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