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Requiem Mass for the Funeral of Joachim Cardinal Meisner, Former Archbishop of Cologne, was Held

Requiem Mass for the Funeral

We express a great condolence for Joachim Cardinal Meisner, former archbishop of Cologne who passed away on July 5, 2017. He was 83 years old. On July 14, Requiem Mass for the Funeral was held at the Kulturheim hosted by Sophia School Corporation.
In his speech, Chancellor Toshiaki Koso mentioned a long time support for Sophia University by Cologne Diocese and for Tokyo Archdiocese. He also expressed his gratitude especially for Cardinal’s leading role in giving support for Tohoku disastrous relief including making a decision to send Dr. Rudolf Wilhem Maria Solzbacher, Director of the Diocesan World Church / World Mission Archbishopric of Cologne General Vicinity whom Honorary Doctorate was conferred by Sophia University.

Joachim Cardinal Meisner, Former Archbishop of Cologne

About Late Joachim Cardinal Meisner:
Joachim Cardinal Maisner was born in Breslau, Poland on December 1933. After graduating University of Erfurt he was ordained as priest in 1962 and as bishop in 1975. In 1980 he was named Bishop of Berlin, and he was created a cardinal in 1983. In 1989, he became 94th Archbishop of Cologne Diocese and served for 25 years until his retirement in 2014.
With a great gratitude for contributions made by Cologne Archiocese Sophia University presided Joachim Cardinal Meisner as Honorary Alumni of Sophia University on December 9, 1989.

Sophia University, Cologne and Tokyo Archdiocese:
Since 1954 a cordial relation had been confirmed between Tokyo and Cologne Archdiocese, Tokyo Archdiocese has received much support in both spiritual and practical aspects from Cologne Archdiocese. Many churches in Tokyo were built with the support of Cologne Archdiocese and as for Sophia University with much assistance of Cologne Archdiocese, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Science and Technology were established in 1957 and 1962 respectively. Also as Cologne Archdiocese is currently propelling to support the Catholic churches of Myanmar, Sophia University welcomes and supports Catholic students with the recommendation of Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Myanmar by awarding "Frings/Höffner/Meisner/Woelki Four Archbishops Scholarship".
Sophia University also established an oversea office (6th) in Cologne within the building of Katholische Hochschulgemeinde Köln:KHG to support students studying abroad in Germany.


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