The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia is pleased to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis has named Most Reverend Anthony Soter Fernandez, Archbishop Emeritus of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as Cardinal. The announcement was made in Rome during the noon-time Angelus prayer on 9 October 2016 and Cardinal-elect Fernandez is among the 17 new cardinal created by Pope Francis.

Catholic Bishop Emeritus Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing has advised critics of Abdul Hadi Awang's remarks on Christianity to critique what he said but refrain from banning him, as a Sarawak political party has urged.

Catholic Bishop Emeritus Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing hailed Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor's counsel to religious leaders to be heralds of social unity as “soothing balm for feelings rubbed raw by unwise executive and judicial fiat on religious issues”.

Catholic Bishop Emeritus Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing described the Christmas celebration message by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as “significant for the change it implies about a position he had taken earlier that is at odds to the one he has now assumed”.

Catholic Bishop Emeritus Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing described as “stupefying” the response of inspector general of police Khalid Abu Bakar to mounting criticism of the police role at a university seminar last Saturday on promoting awareness of Christian proselytisation of Muslims.