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Duraisamy Simon Cardinal Lourdusamy

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Duraisamy Simon Cardinal Lourdusamy, Indian cardinal, archbishop.


Lourdusamy, Duraisamy Simon Cardinal was born on February 5, 1924 in Kalleri, Pondicherry, India.


Attended, Loyola College, Madras, India. Doctor in Canon Law, Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome, 1956.


Ordained priest Archdiocese of Pondicherry, India, 1951, director various ecclesiastical organizations, secretary to archbishop, chancellor. Ordained bishop, 1962. Auxiliary bishop Archdiocese of Bangalore, India, 1962—1964, coadjutor archbishop, 1964—1968, archbishop, 1968-1971.

Adjunct secretary Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Rome, 1971—1973, secretary, 1973—1985. Elevated to cardinal, 1985. Cardinal-deacon S. Maria delle Grazie alle Fornaci fuori Porta Cavalleggeri, 1985—1996.

Prefect Congregation for the Oriental Churches, Rome, 1985—1991, perfect emeritus, since 1991. Cardinal-priest S. Maria delle Grazie alle Fornaci fuori Porta Cavalleggeri, since 1996. President National Liturgical Commission for India.

Creator National Liturgical & Catechetical Center Bangalore. President Pontifical Missionary Work. Vice grand chancellor Pontifical Urbanian University.