Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk

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His Eminence

Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk
Cardinal, Archbishop emeritus of Seoul
Native name
Appointed3 April 1998
Installed29 June 1998
Term ended10 May 2012
PredecessorStephen Kim Sou-hwan
SuccessorAndrew Yeom Soo-jung
Other posts
Ordination18 March 1961
by Paul Marie Kinam Ro
Consecration3 October 1970
by Paul Marie Kinam Ro
Created cardinal24 March 2006
by Pope Benedict XVI
Personal details
Born (1931-12-07) 7 December 1931 (age 87)
Seoul, Korea
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous postRoman Catholic Bishop of Cheongju (1970–1998)
Mottoomnibus omnia
Coat of armsNicholas Cheong Jin-suk's coat of arms
Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk
Revised RomanizationJeong Jin-seok
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Chinsŏk
Ordination history of
Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk
Diaconal ordination
Ordained by18 March 1961
Priestly ordination
Ordained byPaul Marie Kinam Ro
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorPaul Marie Kinam Ro
Co-consecratorsJames Vincent Pardy MM
Peter Han Kong-ryel
Date3 October 1970
Elevated byPope Benedict XVI
Date24 March 2006
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk as principal consecrator
Gabriel Chang Bong-hun24 August 1999
Joseph Lee Han-taek SJ25 January 2002
Andrew Yeom Soo-jung25 January 2002
Lucas Kim Woon-hoe21 November 2002
Basil Cho Kyu-man25 January 2006
Styles of
Nicholas Cheong Jin-Suk
Coat of arms of Nicolas Cheong Jin-suk.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Nicholas Cheong Jin-Suk (born 7 December 1931) is a South Korean Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Seoul, from 1998 until retirement in 2012, having previously served as Bishop of Cheongju from 1970 to 1998, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2006.


Cheong Jin-Suk briefly studied chemical engineering at the Seoul National University before entering the seminary in Seoul, from where he later obtained his bachelor's degree in theology, in 1954. After studying sociology in Hong Kong, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Paul Kinam Ro on 18 March 1961.

Cheong then did pastoral work in Seoul until becoming a professor at its minor seminary and notary of its archdiocesan curia in 1962. He was chancellor of the curia and undersecretary of the Catholic Conference from 1964 to 1965, and episcopal chancellor and vice-rector of the Minor Seminary from 1966 to 1967. He then studied canon law in Rome, whilst residing at the Pontifical Urbaniana University, from October 1968 to 1970.

On 25 June 1970, Cheong was appointed the second Bishop of Cheongju by Pope Paul VI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 3 October from Archbishop Kinam Ro, with Bishops James Pardy, MM, and Peter Han Kong-ryel serving as co-consecrators, in the Church of the Holy Family in Cheongju. Cheong was later promoted to the third Archbishop of Seoul on 3 April 1998. In addition to his duties in Seoul, he was made Apostolic Administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of P'yong-yang on 6 June of that same year. He was elected President of the Korean Episcopal Conference in 1998 as well, thus serving as the spokesman for the Church in Korea.

Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria Immacolata di Lourdes a Boccea in the consistory of 24 March 2006. Cardinal Cheong Jin-Suk was later appointed to the executive committee of the Pontifical Council for the Family in the Roman Curia on the following 6 May,[1] and to the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See on 3 February 2007. He was also later appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

In accordance with Universi Dominici gregis, on his 80th birthday, 7 December 2011, Cardinal Cheong Jin-suk lost his curial memberships and vote to enter a conclave. His resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on 10 May 2012.[2] He was succeeded by Andrew Yeom Soo jung.


  1. ^ Zenit. New Cardinals Get Curial Assignments[permanent dead link] 7 May 2006
  2. ^ Holy See Press Office. RINUNCE E NOMINE[permanent dead link] 12 May 2012

External links[edit]

  • "Cheong Jinsuk Card. Nicholas". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  • Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
James Vincent Pardy
Roman Catholic Bishop of Cheongju
Succeeded by
Gabriel Chang Bong-hun
Preceded by
Stephen Kim Sou-hwan
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Seoul
Succeeded by
Andrew Yeom Soo-jung
Preceded by
Paul Rhee Moon-hee
President of the CBCK
17 October 1996 – 14 October 1999
Succeeded by
Michael Pak Jeong-il