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.