Fernandez, Anthony Soter
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: Sant’Alberto Magno
Native Country: Malaysia
Appointed by: Francis on 19 November 2016
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop emeritus of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Card. Fernandez was born, 22 April 1932, in Sungai Patani, Malaysia. He entered seminary in 1958, completing his studies at the College General Major Seminary of Penang. He was ordained a priest on 10 December 1966. He served three years as assistant vicar in Taiping and Penang, and as vicar of Saint Louis church in Taiping (1969-1971). In 1971 he was transferred to Manila, Philippines, where he studied at the International Training Institute for World Churchmen and at the East Asian Pastoral Institute. He then went to Bangalore, India, to attend the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre. He returned to Penang in 1973, where he served as formator at the College General Major Seminary (1973-1975), and then as rector until 1977. On 29 September 1977 he was appointed Bishop of Penang and received episcopal consecration on 17 February 1978. On 2 July 1993 he was appointed Archbihsop of Kuala Lumpur, where he served until 15 April 2003. Since then he has remained in the major seminary of Penang as a spiritual director. During this period he also served as a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and of the Pontifical Councils for Promoting Christian Unity and for Interreligious Dialogue. In addition, he served as president of the Episcopal Conference of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei, of the Christian Federation of Malaysia, and of the Malaysian advisory council for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism. He is the first Cardinal in Malaysia.