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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.

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and the Churches in Brunei and South Korea, of which their missions were dedicated to.

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Bishop Jose Ramirez Rapadas III
Bishop Rapadas III
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Bishop Jose Ramirez Rapadas III
Diocesan Curia, Isabel Village,
Pala-o, Iligan City,
9200 Lanao del Norte,
Philippines

Phone: (063)221-2355
Fax :221-6487

Bishop Rapadas was born in Tondo, Manila in 1972. He is a product of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City, and was ordained a priest in 1999.

He also holds a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Loyola School of Theology in Ateneo de Manila University.

For 20 years in the priesthood, he has served in a number of pastoral roles including parish vicar and coordinator of diocesan social pastoral ministry.

The bishop also served as seminary professor, director of the Office of Catechesis for the Family and Life, rector of the Saint Joseph College Seminary and professor of religious studies at the University of Zamboanga.

On 13 Jun 2019, Pope Francis appointed him as Bishop of Iligan.

Rapadas will be the fifth bishop of Iligan, with around a million Catholic population in 26 parishes.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Severo Cagátan Caérmare (6 Dec 2017 to 5 Sep 2019)
  • Bishop Elenito R Galido (25 Mar 2006 Appointed - 5 Dec 2017 Died)
  • Emilio Layon Bataclan (1995 - 2004 Resigned)
  • Fernando R. Capalla (1977 - 1994 Appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Davao)
  • Bienvenido Solon Tudtud (1971 - 1977 Appointed, Prelate of Marawi)

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