Julian Leow Beng Kim

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The Most Reverend
Julian Leow Beng Kim
Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur
Julian Leow Beng Kim in 2017.jpg
Archbishop Julian Leow in 2017
See Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur
Predecessor Murphy Pakiam
Ordination 20 April 2002
by Anthony Soter Fernandez
Consecration 6 October 2014
by John Ha Tiong Hock
Personal details
Born (1964-01-03) 3 January 1964 (age 54)
Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Rumah Uskup Agung, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Previous post Dean of Studies and Formator at College General, Penang
Alma mater
Motto "Integrity and Tenderness"
Coat of arms Julian Leow Beng Kim's coat of arms
Styles of
Julian Leow Beng Kim
Coat of arms of Julian Leow Beng Kim.svg
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Grace
Religious style Archbishop

Most Rev. Julian Leow Beng Kim, C.H.L (Gregoriana); C.H.B (Gregoriana); B. Th (Urbanianum), B. Build (UNSW, Aust), (born 3 January 1964) is a Malaysian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was named the fourth metropolitan Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur on 3 July 2014, the Feast of St Thomas by Pope Francis.[1] He is fully styled as His Grace or The Most Reverend Julian Leow, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur. St. John's Cathedral in Kuala Lumpur is the seat of Archbishop Leow, and the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.

Early life[edit]

Archbishop Leow was born on 3 January 1964, in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan to an ethnic Malaysian Chinese family of Cantonese descent. He obtained a Bachelor of Building from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in the year 1989. He then studied at College General, Penang from 1994 to 2001. He was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur on 20 April 2002, by Most Rev Anthony Soter Fernandez (now Cardinal).[2]

Archbishop Leow has also obtained a Licentiate in Church History from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He also served as the Dean of Studies and formator at College General, Penang from the year 2009 until his appointment as the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.[3]

Appointment as Archbishop[edit]

On 3 July 2014, the Vatican appointed Most Reverend Julian Leow Beng Kim as the 4th Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.[4] He succeeds Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam, whose resignation was accepted by the Pope on 13 December 2013 upon the reaching the age limit of 75 according to the Canon Law.[5]

Archbishop Leow was consecrated and installed archbishop on 6 October 2014, in the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino at the Church of the Holy Family in Kajang, Selangor.[6] Some 12,000 came from around the country to witness the consecration.[6] His principal consecrator was the Archbishop of Kuching, Most Rev. Dato' John Ha Tiong Hock. His co-consecrators were Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam and Archbishop Emeritus Anthony Soter Fernandez.

The motto for Archbishop Leow's episcopacy is "Integrity and Tenderness".[7]

Controversy erupted on the day of Archbishop Julian's ordination to the episcopacy regarding the inclusion of a 'tree of all religions' in his episcopal coat of arms. An article published by conservative Roman Catholic news portal Rorate Caeli[8] reported that a local group of Catholic faithful had been deeply scandalized by the symbol, which could be suggestive of the heresy of indifferentism.

See also[edit]


  2. ^ "Father Julian Leow is new Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur". The Star Online. April 24, 2016.
  3. ^ "Biography – Most Rev. Julian Leow". Archived from the original on 2015-11-21.
  4. ^ "Appointment of new Archbishop for Kuala Lumpur".
  5. ^ "Pope Francis accepts resignation of Archbishop Murphy Pakiam of Kuala Lumpur".
  6. ^ a b "Thousands throng church to witness ordination of Father Julian as Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur".
  7. ^ "Coat of Arms of Most Rev. Julian Leow".
  8. ^ "A New Symbol in Catholic Heraldry: "The Tree of All Religions"".

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Murphy Pakiam
Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur
2014 – present