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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 Arulselvam Rayappan
Bishop's House,
P.B. 703, 2 Court Road,
Maravanery, Salem-636007,
Tamil Nadu, India

Phone: 0427 2415641
Fax :0427 2412937
Email: [email protected]

The Holy Father appointed Father Arulselvam Rayappan as bishop of Salem on May 31.

At the time of the appointment, he was professor and director of the Centre for Canon Law Studies at St. Peter's Pontifical Institute, Bangalore.

Bishop Rayappan was born on Nov. 18, 1960, in Sathipattu, under the archdiocese of Pondicherry-Cuddalore.

He completed his philosophy studies at Christ Hall Seminary, Madurai (1978-1981); and theology at St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore (1982-1986).

He was ordained a priest on May 20, 1986, for the archdiocese of Pondicherry-Cuddalore. He obtained a masters in canon law from St. Peter's Pontifical Institute, Bangalore, (1990-1992) and doctorate in canon law from Pontificia UniversitĂ  Urbaniana, Rome (1992-1994).

Since 1994, he has been teaching canon law at St. Peter's Pontifical Institute, Bangalore.

He was president of the Canon Law Society of Tamil Nadu for two terms and president of the Canon Law Society of India for two terms (2013-2017).

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Sebastianappan Singaroyan (5 Jul 2000 to 9 Mar 2020)
  • Bishop Michael Bosco Duraisamy (1974-1999)
  • Bishop V.S. Selvanather (1949-1973)
  • Bishop H.A. Prunier (1930-1949)

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