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Cardinal Cheong

The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Archdiocese of Seoul

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Archbishop Peter Soon-taek Chung, O.C.D.
Archbishop Chung, O.C.D.
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Archbishop Peter Soon-taek Chung, O.C.D.
Archbishop's House,
Chung-gu Myong-dong 2-ga,
Seoul 100-809, Korea

Phone: (02)727-2021
Fax :773-1947
Email: [email protected]

Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taek, O.C.D., was born on August 5, 1961, in Daegu. He first studied chemical engineering at the University of Seoul (1983-1986). He later studied philosophy and theology at the Catholic University of Seoul (1986-1992). He took perpetual vows on Jan. 25, 1992 and was ordained priest on July 16, 1992.

During 1993-1997, he was master of novices and then for almost two years he was master of students. Between1999-2004 he studied Sacred Scriptures at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and became provincial definitor of the Discalced Carmelites of Korea in 2005, for three years. In 2009 he became the definitor general in Rome for the Far East and Oceania.

On 28 Oct 2021, Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Peter Chung Soon-taek the new archbishop of Seoul and the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Pyongyang.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Cardinal Andrew Soo-jung Yeom (10 May 2012 Appointed - 28 Oct 2021 Retired)
  • Bishop Basil Kyu-man Cho (3 Jan 2006 to 31 Mar 2016)
  • Cardinal Nicholas Jin-suk Cheong (1998-2012)
  • Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk (1998-2012)
  • Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, LL.D., D.D (1968-1998)
  • Bishop Victorinus Youn Kong-hi (apostolic administrator), S.T.D., D.D (1967-1968)
  • Archbishop Paul Ro Ki-nam, D.D (1942-1967)
  • Bishop Adrien Larribeau, M.E.P., D.D (1933-1942)
  • Archbishop August Mutel, M.E.P., D.D (1890-933)
  • Bishop Jean M. Blanc, M.E.P., D.D (1884-1890)
  • Bishop Felix Ridel, M.E.P., D.D (1869-1884)
  • Bishop Antoine Dabeluy, M.E.P., D.D (1866-1869)
  • Bishop Simeon Berneux, M.E.P., D.D (1854-1866)
  • Bishop Jean Joseph Ferreol, M.E.P., D.D (1843-1854)
  • Bishop Laurent M. Imbert, M.E.P., D.D (1836-1843)
  • Bishop Barthelemy Bruguiere, M.E.P., D.D (1831-1836)

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