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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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Apostolic Prefecture of Qiqihar

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Bishop Joseph Jingyi Wei
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Bishop Joseph Jingyi Wei
St. Michael's Cathedral,
24 Haishan Hutong, Longshan District,
Qiqihar city, Heilongjiang Province, China

Phone: +86 452 2446730

Bishop Joseph Wei Jingyi was born on May 28, 1958 in northern Hebei province. He entered the National Seminary in Beijing run by the government-sanctioned Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in China for a short period in early 1980s and then turned to the "underground" community.

He was ordained a priest in 1985 and joined Qiqihar diocese, northeastern Heilongjiang province, in 1993. He was secretly ordained as coadjutor bishop by Bishop Paul Guo Wenzhi of Qiqihar in 1995 and succeeded his predecessor who retired in 2000.

The Chinese government does not recognize Bishop Wei. He was one of the four mainland bishops named by the Pope as members of the 2005 Synod on the Eucharist, but none of them could attend the meeting in Rome.

Bishop Wei is concurrently the administrator of Apostolic Prefecture of Jiamusi, Apostolic Administrations of Harbin and Hulunbuir (Inner Mongolia), which are vacant sees.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Paul Guo Wenzhi (May 16, 1989 Ordained - Aug. 1, 2000 Retired)
  • Bishop Paul Hugentobler, S.M.B. (Nov. 9, 1934 Appointed - June 27, 1972 Died)
  • Bishop Eugene-Jean Imhof, S.M.B. (April 28, 1929 Appointed - Jan. 17, 1934 Died)

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