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Mor Athanasius Paulose, the former head of the Syrian Orthodox Church in India canonized as Saint

SOLNews – (Kerala, 20.8.2004). The late Malankara Metropolitan Mor Athanasius Paulose of the Syrian Orthodox Church of India,  known as the “defender of faith” and the “Valiya Thirumeni of Aluva”, was canonized as saint by the Patriarch, Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka I, head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church.

The announcement was made by His Holiness at the Patriarchal Cathedral at Damascus. His Beatitude the Catholicose Mor Baselios Thomas I also made the announcement at the Mar Sabor Aphroth Jacobite Syrian Church, Akapparambu, the parish church of the saint on 20 August 2004.

In a press statement Catholicose said, that the announcement revealed the recognition given to the members of the Syrian Orthodox Church in India by the Holy See of Antioch and All the East.

The announcement had been made prior to the apostolic visit of the Patriarch to India from September 20. He is the second Indian to be raised to the status of sainthood after Geevarghese Mor Gregorious (Parumala Thirumeni).

The Mor Athanasius Paulose (Valiya Thirumeni) was born on 23rd Jan 1869 to 'Mathai' of Ayyambillil Thekkekarayil family and `Anna' of Kuttikatt Painadath family of Nayathodu, Akaparambu, Angamali. He was christened as PAULOSE at the ancient Akaparambu Mor Sabor Mor Apfroth church. He was ordained Metropolitan by H.H. Patriarch Ignatius Abded 'Aloho II in 1910. He bacame the Malankara Metropolitan in 1918. He died on January 25, 1953.

For the complete Biography & photos of  St. Athanasius Paulose

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