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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 Simdega

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Total land area of the diocese 3761.2 square kilometers. Simdega is located in the south-western part of the state of Jharkhand. Simdega is surrounded by Gumla district in the North, Khunti and West Singhbhum in the east, Chhattisgarh state in the west and Orissa state in the South. This district was carved out from erstwhile Gumla district on April 30, 2001.

Population

Among the 648,515 people in the diocesan territory in 2017, Munda, Oraons, and Kharias, Badaiks, Muslims and Hindus are the ethnic groups.

Language

Languages used in the diocesan territory are Hindi, Mundari, Oraon, Kharia, and Nagpuria.

Transportation

Roads are being used for transportation in the area.

Economy

Per capita income in the diocesan territory: Rs. 23 361 or USD522 as of December 2010.

Major industries: None; Trade and agriculture: Paddy, Maize, Groundnut, and Black beans.

Education

The literacy rate is Female: 23 percent, Male: 45 percent

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