Joseph Cordeiro

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His Eminence
Joseph Marie Anthony Cordeiro
Cardinal, Archbishop of Karachi
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Church Roman Catholic
See Karachi
In office 1958–1994
Predecessor James Cornelius van Miltenburg, O.F.M.
Successor Simeon Anthony Pereira
Ordination 24 August 1946
Consecration 7 May 1958
Created Cardinal 5 March 1973
by Pope Paul VI
Rank Cardinal-priest
Personal details
Born (1918-01-19)19 January 1918
Bombay, British India (now India)
Died 11 February 1994(1994-02-11) (aged 76)[1]
Karachi, Pakistan
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Joseph Marie Anthony Cordeiro† (19 January 1918, Bombay, British India — 11 February 1994, Karachi, Pakistan) was the first Pakistani cardinal.


He was born to Dr. Peter and Elvine Cordeiro who were of Goan origin[2] in Bombay.[3]


He was educated at St Patrick's High School, Karachi, the University of Bombay and Oxford University. He received his religious training at the Papal Seminary in Kandy, Sri Lanka and was ordained a priest in Karachi, Pakistan on 24 August 1946.

Life as a priest[edit]

From 1946 to 1948 he did pastoral work in Hyderabad and Karachi. He then went to Oxford from where he returned in 1950 with a Master of Arts degree. On his return he was appointed as Vice Principal of St Patrick's High School. From 1952 he served as principal of St Francis Grammar School in Quetta and as rector of the St. Pius X Minor Seminary in Quetta. On 7 May 1958 he was appointed Archbishop of Karachi, with his seat at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Karachi.[4]

He attended the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), the First Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City (29 September – 29 October 1967), the First Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City (11–28 October 1969), and the Second Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City (30 September – 6 November 1971). He was elected a member of the Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops on 6 November 1971.

He was the first Pakistani cardinal, a position to which he was elevated by Pope Paul VI on 5 March 1973. He attended both papal conclaves in 1978 and was mentioned as papabile by Time Magazine after the death of Pope John Paul I.[5]

He wrote a series of articles for the Archdiocesan weekly Christian Voice called "Lessons of a Lifetime," a reflection on his life experiences.

From 1958 until the time of his death, Cardinal Cordeiro was president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Pakistan.[4]

Styles of
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Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
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Cardinal Cordeiro died on 11 February 1994 at Holy Family Hospital after a battle with cancer.[6] He was succeeded by Archbishop Simeon Anthony Pereira.


His memory lives on with the Christ the King Seminary in Karachi hosting the Cardinal Cordeiro Cricket tournament to promote religious vocations since 2008.[7]

On 6 May 2011, The Old Patricians (former students of St Patrick's school) presented the Joseph Cardinal Cordeiro Gold Medal to the top student from the Cambridge A level section at the closing ceremony of the 150th anniversary of the school.[8]

In 2012 the Cardinal Cordeiro High School was named in his honour. The school is located in the Good Shepherd Parish in Korangi Town, Karachi.[9]

His Alma Mater, St. Patrick’s High School, named the Cardinal Cordeiro Silver Jubilee Auditorium in his honour.


  1. ^ "Joseph Marie Anthony Cardinal Cordeiro". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Goans in Karachi". Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  3. ^ "New York Times obituary". 15 February 1994. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  4. ^ a b " February 14, 1994". 
  5. ^ "A Light That Left Us Amazed". 16 October 1978. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  6. ^ " December 2, 1994". 
  7. ^ "UCANews September 17, 2010". Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  8. ^ The Old Patricians website accessed 8 April 2012
  9. ^ UCANews April 18, 2012