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Pope Francis meets with Malaysian, Singapore and Brunei prelates

Pope Francis poses with prelates of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei, who are on their “ad Limina Apostolorum” visit to Rome 4-9 Feb 2018.  The audience took place on Feb 8. L-R: Canossian Sr Margarete Sta Maria (secretary), Abp John Wong of Kota Kinabalu, Bishop Richard Ng of Miri, Abp Simon Poh of Kuching, Bishop Cornelius Sim of Brunei, Bishop Bernard Paul of Melaka-Johor, Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang, Cardinal Soter Fernandez, Pope Francis, Bishop Julius Gitom of Sandakan, Bishop Cornelius Piong of Keningau, Abp William Goh of Singapore, Abp Julian Leow of Kuala Lumpur, Abp Emeritus Murphy Pakiam of Kuala Lumpur, Bishop Emeritus Antony Selvanayagam of Penang, and Bishop Joseph Hii of Sibu.

VATICAN CITY – Fourteen Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei met with Pope Francis on 8 Feb 2018, on their “ad Limina Apostolorum” Visit.

The Holy See Press Office reported on the meeting in a press release on the same day.

Altogether, the three countries have some 1,174 million Catholics: 850,000 in Malaysia; 303,000 in Singapore and 21,000 in Brunei (Wikipedia data).

The Episcopal Conference of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei reviews the position of the Church in these countries, and also carries out activities that include youth, medical care, and means of communication.


 On 27 July 2011, the Holy See and Malaysia established diplomatic relations between both States.

Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the State Secretariat, celebrated Holy Mass on 24 November 2017, in the new Apostolic Nunciature of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), the day after its inauguration.


 –Monsignor John Wong Soo Kau, Archbishop of Kota Kinabalu.

–Monsignor Cornelius Piong, Bishop of Keningau.

–Monsignor Julius Dusin Gitom, Bishop of Sandakan.

–Monsignor Julian Leow Beng Kim, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur with Archbishops Emeritus Cardinal Anthony Soter Fernandez and Monsignor Murphy Nicholas Xavier Pakiam.

–Monsignor Anthony Bernard Paul, Bishop of Melaka-Johor.

–Monsignor Sebastian Francis, Bishop of Penang with Bishop Emeritus, Monsignor Antony Selvanayagam.

–Monsignor Simon Poh Hoon Seng, Archbishop of Kuching.

–Monsignor Richard Ng, Bishop of Miri.

–Monsignor Joseph Hii Teck Kwong, Bishop of Sibu.

–Monsignor William Seng Chye Goh, Archbishop of Singapore.

–Monsignor Cornelius Sim, Bishop of Puzia of Numidia, Apostolic Vicar of Brunei. –

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