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 Punalur

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Punalur diocese is located in the southern Kerala. It is one of the oldest Catholic centers.

The diocese is bound in the north by alappuzha diocese, Northeast by the Pathanamthitta district, in the east by Thirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, in the south by Thiruvananthapuram district and in the west by Kollam diocese.

In a land area of 5072 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers the entire civil district of Pathanamthitta and a few sub divisions.


The diocese is dominated by Dalit (former untouchables) Christians.


Malayalam, English and Tamil are in use in the diocesan territory.


Belgian Carmelite Fathers were the first to preach Gospel here. During the Second World War, the Fathers went back, entrusting the mission to the diocesan clergy.

Punalur was separated from the diocese of Quilon by Pope John Paul II, on Dec. 21, 1985.

Punalur diocese is one of the suffragan dioceses under Trivandrum archdiocese.


The diocese enjoys all four types of climate. The winter season sets in during December and continues till February-end. Winter is followed by the summer season. Its starts in February and continues till May. During summer season many parts of the diocese face drought. Summer is followed by pre-monsoon rains. The southwest monsoon begins either in the end of May or in the beginning of June and fades out by September.

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