Anthony Soter Fernandez

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His Eminence
Anthony Soter Fernandez
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus - Kuala Lumpur
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Cardinal Anthony during the Consistory presided by Pope Francis in 2016
Church Roman Catholic Church
Diocese Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur
See Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Installed 10 November 1983
Term ended 24 May 2003
Predecessor Dominic Vendargon
Successor Murphy Nicholas Xavier Pakiam
Other posts President Emeritus of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Alberto Magno
Chaplain, St. Xavier Home for the Elderly, Cheras.
Ordination 10 December 1966
Consecration 17 February 1978
by Gregory Yong
Created Cardinal 19 November 2016
by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1932-04-22) 22 April 1932 (age 85)
Sungai Petani, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysian
Denomination Catholic Church
Previous post Bishop of Penang (1977-1983)
Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur (1983-2003)
President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei (1987-1990, 2000-2003)
Spiritual Father of College General, Major Seminary, Penang
Motto Keadilan dan Keamanan
(Justice and Peace)
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Anthony Soter Fernandez (born 22 April 1932) is the first Malaysian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was appointed on 30 July 1983 by Pope John Paul II, and became the Archdiocese's second Archbishop upon his installation on 10 November 1983. He retired on 24 May 2003 and was succeeded by Murphy Nicholas Xavier Pakiam.[1]

Fernandez was ordained as a priest on 10 December 1966, and served as president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei from 1987-1990 and 2000-2003.

Fernandez is the former bishop of the Diocese of Penang, where he was bishop from 17 February 1978, until his transfer to Kuala Lumpur.

Fernandez was created a cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory on 19 November 2016,[2] and is the first Malaysian to be made a cardinal.[3]


  1. ^ Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur Archived April 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. UCAN Diocesan Profile Series. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "Pope to create 13 new cardinals, including 3 Americans". Crux. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Arbee, Awaina (9 Oct 2016). "Pope Francis names Malaysia's first ever cardinal". New Straits Times. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Gregory Yong Sooi Ngean
3rd Catholic Bishop of Penang
Succeeded by
Antony Selvanayagam
Preceded by
Dominic Vendargon
2nd Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur
Succeeded by
Murphy Nicholas Xavier Pakiam
Preceded by
titular church established
Cardinal Priest of Sant'Alberto Magno
Succeeded by