UCA News



Updated: January 08, 1996 05:00 PM GMT
Support Asia's largest network of Catholic journalists and editors
Support Asia's largest network of Catholic journalists and editors
Share this article :

Archbishop Joseph Kuo Juo-shin, the first archbishop of Taipei, died Dec. 18 at the age of 90 in a Catholic-run hospital in Taoyuan, southwest of Taipei, where he spent his last days.

Archbishop Kuo had celebrated his 90th birthday in March 1995 with greetings and blessings from Catholics in Taiwan and Pope John Paul II.

Born in 1906 in Gaocheng, Hebei province, northern China, the future archbishop was ordained priest of the Congregation of Disciples of the Lord in 1931, the year the congregation was founded in mainland China to serve China.

He was appointed the apostolic vicar of Taipei in 1950, and became its first archbishop when the diocese was made an archdiocese in 1952.

In 1959, however, Cardinal Thomas Tien Ken-sin, the first Chinese cardinal, came to Taiwan from the United States, and Archbishop Kuo resigned so Cardinal Tien could take over the archdiocese.

Maintaining pastoral ministries in Taipei and Keelung, Archbishop Kuo was elected the first president of Taiwan´s episcopal conference in 1967.

In 1971, though, he stepped down in favor of then newly elevated Chinese Cardinal Paul Yupin. From then, he worked mostly with his congregation.

Archbishop Joseph Ti-Kang of Taipei, who spoke at the thanksgiving Mass for Archbishop Kuo´s 90th birthday, praised his ongoing efforts to promote a Chinese Church.

Despite worsening health, Archbishop Kuo remained enthusiastic in giving suggestions and working for the Church, Archbishop Ti said.

Archbishop Kuo spent his later years at his congregation´s general house at Yangmingshan, an outskirt of Taipei.


Support UCA News...

As 2020 unfolds, we are asking readers like you to help us keep Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News) free so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world at no cost.

That has been our policy for years and was made possible by donations from European Catholic funding agencies. However, like the Church in Europe, these agencies are in decline and the immediate and urgent claims on their funds for humanitarian emergencies in Africa and parts of Asia mean there is much less to distribute than there was even a decade ago.

Forty years ago, when UCA News was founded, Asia was a very different place - many poor and underdeveloped countries with large populations to feed, political instability and economies too often poised on the edge of collapse. Today, Asia is the economic engine room of the world and funding agencies quite rightly look to UCA News to do more to fund itself.

UCA News has a unique product developed from a view of the world and the Church through informed Catholic eyes. Our journalistic standards are as high as any in the quality press; our focus is particularly on a fast-growing part of the world - Asia - where, in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can respond to - South Korea, Vietnam and India to name just three.

And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters that cover 22 countries and experienced native English-speaking editors to render stories that are informative, informed and perceptive.

We report from the ground where other news services simply can't or won't go. We report the stories of local people and their experiences in a way that Western news outlets simply don't have the resources to reach. And we report on the emerging life of new Churches in old lands where being a Catholic can at times be very dangerous.

With dwindling support from funding partners in Europe and the USA, we need to call on the support of those who benefit from our work.

Click here to find out the ways you can support UCA News. You can make a difference for as little as US$5...
UCAN Donate
Thank you. You are now signed up to our Daily Full Bulletin newsletter
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia