Joseph Cordeiro

Joseph Cordeiro

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Joseph Marie Anthony Cordeiro (January 19, 1918, Bombay, British India — February 11, 1994, Karachi, Pakistan) was the first Pakistani cardinal.


He was born to parents of Goan origin in Bombay.


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

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 Seminary in Quetta. On 7 May 1958 he was appointed Archbishop of Karachi, with his seat at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Karachi.

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.

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