Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Metropolitan Archbishop of Seoul (Korea), Apostolic administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae sedis of Pyong-yang, was born on 5 December 1943 in Ansong, diocese of Suwon, into a Catholic family of five generations. He studied in his homeland.
He was ordained a priest on 8 December 1970 in Seoul.
After his ordination, he served in the following roles: deputy priest in two parishes (1971-1973), professor and dean of the Songshin High School (minor seminary), (1973-1977), and priest in three further parishes (from 1977 to 1987); procurer of the major seminary in Seoul (1987-1992), chancellor of the archdiocesan Curia (1992-1998); parish priest and vicar forane in Mok-dong (1998-2001); and member of the board of priests.
On 12 December 2001 he was appointed Auxiliary of the archdiocese of Seoul and assigned the titular see of Tibiuca. He received episcopal ordination on 25 January 2002.
On 10 May 2012 he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic administrator of Pyong-yang.
Pope Francis appointed him member of the III General Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family (October 2014).
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 22 February 2014, of the Title of San Crisogono.
- Congregations: for the Evangelization of Peoples, for the Clergy.