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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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Auxiliary Bishop Benedictus Hee-Song Son
Archbishop's House,
74 Myong-dong gil, Jung-gu,
Seoul 100-809, Korea

Phone: (02)727-2024
Fax :773-1947
Email: [email protected]

Father Benedictus Son Hee-Song was appointed as the auxiliary bishop of Seoul archdiocese on July 14, 2015.

Bishop Son Hee-Song, was born on Jan. 28, 1957, in Kyenki Yeonchenun Chadari, then in the archdiocese of Seoul and now the diocese of Uijeongbu.

He studied at the Major Seminary of Seoul and was ordained priest on July 4, 1986, for the archdiocese of Seoul. Soon after ordination he left for Innsbruck in Austria, from where he earned a doctorate in theology in 1992.

On returning he served as parish priest at Yongsan and later as professor at the Major Seminary of Seoul and director of the seminary library, head of the Department for Information Technology.

He played important roles in the South Korean bishops' conference serving its various commissions and directing several pastoral departments.

In 2014 when Pope Francis visited South Korea, he headed the Committee for Planning and Coordination for the papal visit.

He served the bishop's Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith for seven years as its secretary general and also representative and member of the Episcopal Commission for the Causes of Beatification and Canonization.

Since 2012, he was also secretary general of the Episcopal Commission for the Lay Apostolate.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Basil Kyu-man Cho (3 Jan 2006 to 31 Mar 2016)
  • Cardinal Nicholas Jin-suk Cheong (1998-2012)
  • Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk (1998-2012)
  • Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, LL.D., D.D (1968-1998)
  • Bishop Victorinus Youn Kong-hi (apostolic administrator), S.T.D., D.D (1967-1968)
  • Archbishop Paul Ro Ki-nam, D.D (1942-1967)
  • Bishop Adrien Larribeau, M.E.P., D.D (1933-1942)
  • Archbishop August Mutel, M.E.P., D.D (1890-933)
  • Bishop Jean M. Blanc, M.E.P., D.D (1884-1890)
  • Bishop Felix Ridel, M.E.P., D.D (1869-1884)
  • Bishop Antoine Dabeluy, M.E.P., D.D (1866-1869)
  • Bishop Simeon Berneux, M.E.P., D.D (1854-1866)
  • Bishop Jean Joseph Ferreol, M.E.P., D.D (1843-1854)
  • Bishop Laurent M. Imbert, M.E.P., D.D (1836-1843)
  • Bishop Barthelemy Bruguiere, M.E.P., D.D (1831-1836)

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