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.

Masyarakat Kristian mengutuk keras terhadap penggunaan istilah batu api 'kafir harbi' (yang digunakan untuk merujuk kepada orang-orang kafir yang berperang dengan Islam), tetapi kini digunakan kepada semua rakyat Malaysia yang menentang enakmen hudud. Menyoal siasat, meragu, atau menolak penggubalan undang-undang atau dasar, seperti menubuhkan hudud - adalah hak perlembagaan asasi semua rakyat Malaysia. Hudud hanyalah sebahagian kecil daripada Syariah yang tidak sentiasa atau secara sejajar sepanjang sejarah Islam.
Justeru, bagaimanakah rakyat Malaysia boleh ditentukan sebagai musuh-musuh Islam?

The Christian community strongly condemns the use of the incendiary term 'kafir harbi' (which is used to describe unbelievers at war with Islam), but now applied on all Malaysians who oppose hudud enactments. Questioning, doubting, or rejecting any change in laws or policy - such as with establishing hudud - is the fundamental constitutional right of all Malaysians. Hudud is a small part of the Syariah, not even constantly or consistently applied throughout the history of Islam. So how can such Malaysians be designated as enemies of Islam?"