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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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Bishop Joseph Bin Shen
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Bishop Joseph Bin Shen
c/o Good Shepherd Langshan Catholic Church,
Qingnian East Road, Langshan town,
Nantong City, Jiangsu Province {226004} China

Bishop Joseph Shen Bin was ordained with both papal mandate and government recognition at the Good Shepherd Cathedral in Nantong city on April 21, 2010. The main celebrant at his ordination was Bishop John Fang Xing Yao of Linyi from Shandong province, assisted by Bishop Francis Lu Xinping of Nanjing and Bishop Joseph Xu Honggen of Suzhou, both from Jiangsu Province.

Coadjutor Bishop John Wang Renlei of Xuzhou, also from Jiangsu, concelebrated the ordination mass. All prelates were Vatican-approved except Bishop Wang, who was ordained without a papal mandate in 2006. The Holy See recognized him as legitimate bishop in early 2012.

Born into a Catholic family in Qidong in 1970, Bishop Shen graduated from the National Seminary in Beijing and was ordained a priest in the year 1996. He served in parishes until he worked in the diocesan curia from 2002. He was appointed the vicar general in the year 1999.

His predecessor Bishop Matthew Yu Chengcai was ordained the bishop of Haimen in 1959 and was not recognized by the Vatican. He died at the age of 89 in 2006.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Simon Zhu Kai-min (Chu or Tsu Kai-min), S.J. (1926 - 1960)

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