Pope confers knighthood on Malaysian Catholic

The first Malaysian to receive this award, Loorthusamy is the outgoing president of Signis (World Catholic Association for Communication).

Malaysia
Mar 28 2014, 3:32 PM
Pope confers knighthood on Malaysian Catholic
Archbishop Claudio Celli decorates Mr Augustine Loorthusamy with the Knight of St Sylvester.

Pope Francis has conferred the title of Knight of St Sylvester on Augustine Loorthusamy, a Malaysian lay Catholic, for his contributions to social communication.

The first Malaysian to receive this award, Loorthusamy is the outgoing president of Signis (World Catholic Association for Communication).

Archbishop Claudio Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, bestowed the knighthood on behalf of the pope on February 27, at the closing ceremony of the Signis World Congress 2014 in Rome.

“The Holy Father is bestowing such recognition on people in order to appreciate their works for the good of the people and the Church,” said Archbishop Celli.

He said it is good that the Holy Father is giving the honour for Sir Loorthusamy’s dedication and leadership of Signis, which has members in more than 100 countries worldwide.

“This is a gesture to show the benevolence of the Holy Father, to say how much he appreciates what he has done for Signis. The service of Signis in the field of social communication, radio, press, cinema and media production has played a major role in people’s lives; I am talking about digital technology as well,” the archbishop said.

Loorthusamy also expressed his gratitude to Pope Francis for recognising the works and contributions of Signis in the development of communications.

Loorthusamy, who served two terms from 2005 as Signis president, is a parishioner of Kristus Aman Chapel in Kuala Lumpur.

Source: The Catholic News

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