Portal for Kerala Christians launched
Express News Service
28 May 2009 10:58:51 AM IST
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A comprehensive community portal for Keralite Christians. One of the straight and simple definitions that can best describe http://www.christianmalayalee.com
The portal, which was launched on Wednesday, offers the Christian community in Kerala a number of innovative services.
For example, if a Christian techie who has migrated to the US wants to trace his roots, there will be an option in the site. ``A unique feature of our site is that everything will be parish-based. You can register as a member only if you are a member of any of the parishes under the various Christian denominations in Kerala. The name of the parish is a mandatory field to be filled up while registering,�� said Johny Emmanuel, managing editor, Christian Malayalee.com.
The dream of the architects of Christian Ecumenical Forum, which owns and maintains the website, is to make this site a one-stop destination for all requirements of Malayali Christians. ``We plan to post the pastoral letters issued by different dioceses on the site. In addition to the print version, audio tapes also will be available,�� said Johny. Parish-based communities, a section for Christian matrimonials and articles about rites in various churches will be part of the portal.
There will be a news section that focuses on issues that will be of interest to community members. Debates on issues within the community, informative articles sourced from different publications around the globe and a platform for interaction will be part of the portal. To attract new generation believers, there will be contests like Bible quiz and crossword based on Bible on the site.
"In the long run, our aim is to network all the churches in Kerala and those outside the State, but run by Kerala churches," said Johny.
The formal launch of the site was conducted by Catholicos Baselios Mar Cleemis on Wednesday. Malankara Orthodox Syrian church Bishop Gabriel Mar Gregorios, ADGP Alexander Jacob and D. Babu Paul spoke.
Top rank holders in the Civil Services examination T. Mithra, Priyanka Mary Varghese and Telma John were felicitated at the function.