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Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, fmr. Archbishop of Seoul, dies aged 89; donates corneas for medical research Updated: 2021-04-28 14:36:12 KST

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, the former Catholic archbishop of Seoul, died on Tuesday at the age of eighty-nine.
The Archdiocese of Seoul said Tuesday night that Cheong passed away at 10:15 PM at the Catholic University of Korea St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul where he was undergoing treatment for unspecified, age-related ailments.
A requiem mass was held after midnight at Seoul's Myeongdong Cathedral, and mourners will be allowed to pay their respects at the Cathedral from 7AM to 10PM until April 30th.
For years, Cheong had expressed his intention not to be put on life support.
Some of his organs, including his corneas, have been donated in accordance with his will.
President Moon Jae-in, a Catholic himself, mourned the religious leader's death on social media, saying Cheong was a man who exemplified the values of sharing and coexistence.
The current archbishop of Seoul also paid his condolences, comparing Cardinal Cheong to his predecessor.

"If Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan was a father, Cardinal Cheong was warm and caring like a mother, embracing us."

Cheong was born in 1931 in Seoul and entered the priesthood in 1961 after graduating from the Catholic University of Korea.
He then studied abroad in Rome for two years, acquiring a master's degree in canon law at the Pontifical Urban University before returning to Korea in 1970 to become the youngest bishop in the country at 39.
Pope Benedict the sixteenth appointed Chung as Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyeongyang in 1998, posts he held until 2012.
He was ordained as South Korea's second cardinal in 2006.
Cheong was widely known to be an expert on canon law.
He led the 1983 Code of Canon Law's translation into the Korean language and also published 15 volumes of commentary on the Code.
At the end of a five day procession, the Cardinal's funeral will be held on Saturday at Myeongdong Cathedral, before he is laid to rest in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do Province.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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