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Seated L-R: Abp Simon Poh of Kuching, Abp William Goh of Singapore, Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang, Abp Joseph Marino, Abp Julian Leow of Kuala Lumpur, Abp John Wong of Kota Kinabalu
Standing: Sr Margarete Sta Maria fdcc, Bishop Cornelius Sim of Brunei, Bishop Cornelius Piong of Keningau, Bishop Richard Ng of Miri, Bishop Joseph Hii of Sibu, Bishop Bernard Paul of Melaka-Johor, Bishop Julius Gitom of Sandakan
PLENTONG – The 101st Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCMSB) of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei was held 8 – 12 Jan 2018 at the Majodi Centre here.
The CBCMSB, the apex body of the Catholic Church in the region, holds the Plenary Assembly twice a year to discuss the various aspects of the life of the local Church and, especially, the challenges it faces, and to evolve common action to revitalise the Church and to make the Church more effective in its service to the members and to the society at large.
The five-day long deliberations included the assessment of reports by various offices and commissions and other practical considerations.
Prior to the meeting, Vatican’s envoy to Malaysia and Apostolic Delegate to Brunei, Archbishop Joseph Marino opened the bi-annual meeting of the CBCMSB.
Archbishop Marino, then briefed the arch/bishops on pontifical matters and spoke at length on the ad limina visit to Rome during which the CBCMSB will have an audience with Pope Francis scheduled for February 8.
On the second day, Bishop Sebastian Francis, the president, delivered the welcome address and chaired the session. – Vincent D’Silva, Herald Malaysia