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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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Diocese of Jowai

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In a land area of 3, 819 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers civil districts of Jowai, Khliehriat, Rymbai, Shangpung and Sutnga in the state of Meghalaya.

Population

In 2016, total population in the diocese was 435,935. Pnar, War, Garo, Nepalee, migrant Biharis are the major ethnic groups.

Language

Khasi, Pnar, War, Garo and Hindi are the various languages spoken in the diocese.

History

Diocese of Jowai was erected on Jan. 28, 2006, by Pope Benedict XVI, and Father Vincent Kympat was appointed its first bishop. He was ordained on April 2, 2006, by the Apostolic Nuncio to India Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana.

Political

Villages and small towns are administered by elected local bodies called panchayats and municipalities respectively.

Transportation

The diocesan area is well connected in terms of transport infrastructure by roads. The nearest airport is in Guwahati.

Economy

Per capita income in the diocesan territory is Rs 18,274 ($393) as of January 2010. Farming is prime occupation. Vegetables like potatoes, and cauliflowers and fruits like sweet oranges, arcanuts and beetle leaves are also grown.

Telecommunication

Government and private operators provide extensive telecommunication facilities in the diocesan area. The diocese is well connected by local cable TV networks.

Topography

Jowai is the biggest town in the diocese. One fifth of the land is a reserved forest. The landscape is beautiful and it is a plateau surrounded north by the Assam, south by the plain of Bangladesh, west by the hills of Shillong archdiocese and east by the hills of Cachar district. One fourth of the area is coal mines and lime stones.

Education

Nearly 60 percent is the literacy rate in the diocesan territory.

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