Cornelius Sim

Catholic bishop

Cornelius Sim (16 September 1951 – 29 May 2021) was a Bruneian prelate of the Catholic Church. He was Apostolic Vicar of Brunei from 2004 until his death. He was the apostolic prefect of Brunei from 1997 to 2004.[1] He was born in Seria, Brunei.

Sim was the first Bruneian to be ordained to the priesthood.[2] Pope Francis raised him to the rank of a cardinal on 28 November 2020, making him the first cardinal from the country.[3]

Sim died at a hospital in Taoyuan, Taiwan on 29 May 2021 from cardiac arrest, aged 69.[4] He was being treated for cancer at the time of his death.[4]


  1. "Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei Darussalam". Union of Catholic Asian News. 28 March 2007. Archived from the original on 13 January 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  2. Smith, Peter Jesserer (11 November 2020). "Brunei's First Cardinal Has Franciscan University Connection". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 2021-05-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Brunei's first native Bishop will also become its first Cardinal". Rome Reports. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Cardinal Cornelius Sim of Brunei dies of heart failure while undergoing treatment in Taiwan". Licas News. 2021-05-29. Retrieved 2021-05-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)