Justice and Peace

Keadilan dan Keamanan


Cardinal Fernandez

His Eminence, Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez, DD spent two decades at the helm of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, standing by his bishopric principles of justice and peace.

The main advocate of the 1976 Aggiornamento renewal of the Church in Peninsular Malaysia, he built on this theme when adopting the Renewal Parish Project (RPP) in 1983 as well as convening multilevel pastoral councils throughout his tenure.

In 20 years as Archbishop, Anthony served as chairman of the Bishops’ Commission for Inter-Religious Affairs, Office of Human Development for the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference and the Justice and Peace Commission.

On 19th November 2016, Archbishop Soter Fernandez was elevated as Cardinal by Pope Francis.

  • Date of Birth:

    22nd April 1932

  • Ordained Priest:

    10th December 1966

  • Installed as Bishop of Penang:

    17th February 1978

  • Appointed Archbishop
    of Kuala Lumpur:

    30th July 1983

  • Installed as Archbishop:

    10th November 1983

  • Retired:

    24th May 2003

  • Elevated to Cardinal:

    19th November 2016

Coat of Arm

The armorial bearings of Cardinal Fernandez consist of a shield with a double-traversed cross palewise behind it and surmounted by an archbishop's green hat with 10 tassels on either side. The shield displays a fish, a chevron, a cross between four squares, all within a circle below which is a branch of an olive tree.

  • Hat & Tassels

    These symbols are traditionally assigned to an archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Fish

    The name SOTER means "saviour" in Greek. As an acrostic, the Greek word for FISH yields the initial letters of the Greek words which read "Jesus Christ Son of God, Saviour" when translated. The fish symbolises the Saviour, but it may also symbolise the faithful, who must become like their Redeemer, Christ Jesus. This ancient symbol, which represents the Most Rev. Soter Fernandez in his Coat of Arms, has so much significance that it cannot but serve him as a sign of faith, hope, inspiration and identification.

  • Chevron

    The name itself is derived directly from the French, "chevron", i.e. a rafter of a roof. It represents the ecclesiastical institution as well as direction and guidance.

  • Cross in Circle

    A very early design representing salvific justice. In the angles formed by the beams of the cross are four squares symbolising the four Gospels. The whole is surrounded by a circle (eternity). The cross in the circle represents the Divine Saviour whose sacrificial death on the cross the Gospels tell. The whole symbol represents the Justice (see Motto) which proceeds from Christ's death for all mankind and his resurrection making him the universal Saviour, winning for all men the power to become sons of God (Jn 1:12).

  • Olive Branch

    Eternal peace.

  • Arms

    Gules, a chevron or between a fish naiant agent and a cross between four square tablets all within an annulet of the second, in the middle base an love branch proper.

Cardinal's Office

Chalet 6, Sri Seronok
No. 2, Jalan 4/96, Off Jalan Sekuci
Taman Sri Bahtera, Batu 5 Cheras
56100 Kuala Lumpur

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St. Albert the Great (in Latin - Sancti Alberto Magna) is a church in Rome, in Via delle Vigne Nuove in Rome Q. III. The Church is the seat of the title of "Sant'Alberto Magno", established 19 November 2016 by Pope Francis. Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez is the first cardinal protector and the incumbent since November 2016.

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