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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Coadjutor Bishop John Saw Gawdy
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Coadjutor Bishop John Saw Gawdy
Catholic Church Compound,
Khay Mar Street, Taungngu 08101,

Phone: (054)24.297

Bishop Saw Gawdy was born in the village of Domapholi, Leiktho parish, in Taung Ngu on Oct. 21, 1955. He belongs to the Gheba tribe and was born into a Catholic family.

He studied philosophy and theology at Saint Joseph’s Major Seminary in Yangon. He also obtained a master’s in biblical theology at the Pontifical Josephinum College in Yonker, Ohio, USA. He was ordained as a priest on April 9, 1983.

After his ordination, he served in several roles — professor of philosophy at St. Joseph’s Major Seminary in Pyin-Oo-Lwin, rector of St. Paul Minor Seminary in Leiktho in Taungngu Diocese, professor at St. Jean Marie Vianney at the Inter-diocesan Seminary in Loikaw, director of the Catechetical center in Leiktho and parish priest of the church of Leiktho.

The missionaries of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions began the work of evangelization in the village of Leiktho, Taungngu Diocese in 1868.

Pope Francis appointed Msgr. John Saw Gawdy as coadjutor bishop of the diocese on June 29, 2020 and episcopally ordained on November 29, 2020.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Sebastian U Shwe Yauk (1961-1988)
  • Bishop Pasquale Ziello PIME (1959-1961)
  • Bishop Alfredo Lanfraconi PIME (1937-1959)
  • Bishop Emmanuele Sagrada PIME (1909-1937)
  • Bishop Rocco Tornatore PIME (1890-1908)
  • Father Tancredi Conti PIME (1882-1889)
  • Father Eugene Biffi PIME (1870-1881)

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