Daegu (South Korea)
Stephen Kim Sou-hwan dies at 86; outspoken S. Korean cardinal

Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, a philosophy student who became South Korea's first Roman Catholic cardinal and an outspoken critic of authoritarian rule, died Monday. He was 86. Kim had been suffering from pneumonia for several months and was recently hospitalized, the Yonhap news service reported. He died at a Seoul hospital, according a statement from the archdiocese of Seoul. Known for his warm, wry smile, Kim was appointed cardinal in 1969 by Pope Paul VI and became an advocate for democracy in this East Asian nation that is home to 4.5 million Catholics. A spokesman for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak called Lee's death a "national loss." In 1987, while the nation...