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 Sebastian Thekethecheril
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Bishop Sebastian Thekethecheril
Bishop's House,
Vijayapuram, Kottayam,
686 001, Kerala, India

Phone: +91 481 2563747, 2304346 (O), 2565767 (P)
Fax :+91 481 2565863
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Sebastian Thekethecheril was born on July 30, 1954, at Aapadanad parish of Vanavathukara in the diocese of Vijayapuram in the state of Kerala. He studied at Vijayapuram Seminary and completed his studies from Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye. He did his doctorate in canon law from Urban University, Rome.

He was ordained priest on Dec. 18, 1980, for the diocese of Vijayapuram. He served the church as a parish priest and also as the secretary to the bishop. He also served as the chancellor, vicar general and the director of the Vijayapuram Social Service Society. He was appointed bishop on May 8, 2006, and ordained bishop on July 2, 2006, by Bishop Peter Thuruthikonam.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Peter Thuruthikonam (1987-2006)
  • Bishop Cornelius Elanjickal (1971-1987)
  • Bishop Ambrose Abasolo OCD (1950-1971)
  • Bishop Peter Bonaventure OCD (1931-1950)

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