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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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Auxiliary Bishop Job Yobi Koo
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Auxiliary Bishop Job Yobi Koo
Archbishop's House,
74 Myong-dong gil,
Jung-gu, Seoul 100-809,

Phone: (02)727-2024
Fax :773-1947
Email: [email protected]

The new Bishop Job Koo Yobi was born on January 25, 1951. He studied at the Major Seminary in Suwon (1985-1989 and 1990-1993). He was ordained priest on Feb. 24, 1981, and incardinated in the archdiocese of Seoul.

Since his ordination, he has held the following offices and academic roles: 1981-1982: Parish Vicar in I-Mun Dong; 1982-1983: Parish Vicar in Shin-Dang Dong; 1983-1986: Studies at the Priests Association of Prado, Lyon (France); 1986-1991: Parish priest in Guro Dong; 1991-1993: Parish priest in Sang-ge Dong; 1993-1998: National Director of the Association of Young Catholic Workers; Member of the Pastoral Work Committee, Head of the Priests Association of Prado in Korea; 1998-2000: Studies for a Licensiate in Spirituality at the Catholic Institute in Paris

2000-2002: Parish priest in Jong-ro; 2002-2007: Spiritual Director of the Major Seminary; 2007-2013: Head of the Priests Association of Prado in Korea, Member of the International Council of Priests Association of Prado (based in Korea); Since 2013: Parish priest in Po-I Dong.

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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