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Syrian Orthodox Episcopal Synod At Karingachira Church (Kerala)

SOLNews – Kerala (18.9.2004). All arrangements are completed for the Jacobite Episcopal synod  meeting on 23rd at Karingachira St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox  Church, which will be presided by the visiting Patriarch H.H.  Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. 18 Bishops, including the 3 visiting Bishops  from Syria, Mor Athanatius Elia Bahi (Patriarchal Assistant), Pathros  Mor Silvanos (Homs), Malki Mor Militius (Australia) will take part in  the historical synod meeting. The synod will decide on various spiritual and administrative issues.  

30,000 people, through closed circuit TVs arranged, can view the  Patriarch's Holy Qurbana and other services in the Church.  

"The Patriarchal visit and the Episcopal Synod at Karingachira are  historical ones", said Catholicos H.B. Baselius Thomas I, in a press  conference. "The Malankara Association meeting at Mulanthuruthy  Church on 27th September will be the repetition of such an  Association meeting held 126 years ago", the Catholicos added.  

"The Patriarchal visit is coinciding with the historical changes  happened in the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church and hence  the Episcopal synod convening at Karingachira, after the formation of  the new Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Association, will have  several implications", said the Episcopal Synod Secretary H. G.  Joseph Mor Gregorios.  

The Patriarch will arrive at Nedumbasseri Airport on 20th morning,  and will attend the silver jubilee celebration of the Patriarchal  consecration on 21st at Ernakulam Marine Drive. The Chief Minister  Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the meeting and the keynote address  will be given by Major Archbishop Mor Varkey Vithayathil.  

On 23rd at Karingachira Church, the Catholicos H.B. Baselius Thomas  I, Kochi Diocesan Bishop Joseph Mor Gregorius, other Bishops, Priests  and lay leaders will receive the Patriarch. After the morning prayers  and Holy Qurbana, the Patriarch will give the key message to the  people attending the service.  

After completing the visit in Kerala, the Patriarch will leave for  Delhi on 28th. His Holiness will be given public reception there  under the leadership of National Christian Council of India. The  Patriarch will meet the President of India, the Prime Minister,  Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the Opposition leader.  

Fr. P. P. Joseph Nadappuzha, Fr. Shammy John Eramangalath, Fr. Mathai  Kulachir, Fr. Sabu Paul Vendrappalli, Publicity Co-ordinator C. M.  Kurian etc also attended the press conference.  

SOCM-Press Bureau

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