Archbishop Simon Poh was installed on March 20.

KUCHING, MALAYSIA – Kuching archdiocese has a new leader – Archbishop Simon Poh.

The former Auxiliary Bishop of Kuching was installed at St Joseph’s Cathedral on March 20 in a ceremony witnessed by thousands, including politicians and representatives of various faiths.

Archbishop Poh takes over from Archbishop John Ha, who was appointed Archbishop of Kuching in 2003.

In a speech during the ceremony, Archbishop Poh noted that the archdiocese is embarking on the 3R process (Review, Reassessment and Renewal). “We are seeking a vision of what we want our Church to be and seek ways to live this vision in our parishes,” he said.

“I invite you to join me, together with your priests, parish councils and leaders, and we will review, reassess, renew and seek God’s vision and our mission in the Archdiocese of Kuching.”

Kuching has the largest Catholic population in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. There are 11 parishes, with an estimated Catholic population of 197,134.

By Liza Magnus

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