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    News as it appeared in dailies around the world. New spiritual leader named for India s Malankara church By Associated Press Monday, October 31, 2005 -
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      News as it appeared in dailies around the world.

      New spiritual leader named for India's Malankara church
      By Associated Press
      Monday, October 31, 2005 - Updated: 11:33 AM EST

      BANGALORE, India - A new spiritual leader of India's main orthodox
      church was named Monday after the resignation of the previous church
      head, a spokesman said.

      Thomas Mar Themothios, 85, was consecrated as Catholicos of the
      East and Malankara Metropolitan, said the church's spokesman Jose
      Parakadavil. On taking up the position, he chose the name of Baselios
      Marthoma Didimus I, Parakadavil said. Catholicos Baselios Marthoma
      Mathews II, 92, resigned Sunday, citing old age and poor health,
      Parakadavil said.

      The Malankara community trace their origins to families
      Evangelized by St. Thomas nearly 2,000 years ago, "An era has ended
      as Father Mathews was a very popular Catholicos," Parakadavil
      told The Associated Press by phone from church headquarters in the
      city of Kottayam, about 400 miles southwest of Bangalore.

      The Malankara church has 2.5 million members, most of them in
      the southern state of Kerala, on whose shores St. Thomas arrived
      around A.D. 50, according to Christian tradition. The Malankara
      church is a successor of India's oldest church, the St. Thomas
      Christians. While many factions broke away to embrace Catholicism
      or Protestantism during Portuguese and British colonial rules,
      Malankara remained independent. The church also has dioceses in
      the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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