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    Jacobite faction welcomes the initiative KOCHI: In an unprecedented peace initiative, the heads of various Churches in Kerala have sent a letter to the heads
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 27, 2002
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      Jacobite faction welcomes the initiative

      KOCHI: In an unprecedented peace initiative, the heads of various
      Churches in Kerala have sent a letter to the heads of the feuding
      factions of the Malankara Syrian Church offering to mediate between
      them.

      The letter was cited today by Catholicos Mar Baselios Thomas I of the
      Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Church at a press conference, who
      extended all possible cooperation to the initiative put forward by
      the prelates of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Malankara Catholic
      Church, Latin Catholic Church, Mar Thoma Church and the CSI.

      The signatories, Cardinal Varkey Mar Vithayathil, Archbishop Cyril
      Mar Baselios, Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil, Philipose Mar
      Chrysostum and Bishop K J Samuel, called for peace and asked the
      feuding Patriarch and Orthodox factions to settle all outstanding
      disputes in Christian faith.

      While it is not clear when both factions will come together to
      discuss issues for a peaceful settlement, Catholicos Mar Baselios
      Thomas I assured that they were committed to peace and promised to
      take all necessary steps to avoid conflicts.

      Since the rival Orthodox faction had opted themselves out of the
      Church fold, he said that the dispute could be settled only if they
      recognised the Patriarch of Antioch as the supreme head of the Church.

      The recent statements by the Catholicos of the Orthodox faction to
      derail `Ettnombu Perunal' at Manarcaud St Mary's Church, which begins
      on September 1, was provocative as the church belonged to the
      Jacobite faction, he said and any attempt at creating disturbances
      will be dealt with a firm hand.

      The recent incident in which Fr Joseph Vendrappally was buried at the
      Vadavukode St Mary's Syrian Church on an appeal from the Orthodox
      faction and Government agencies is a clear indication of our desire
      for peace, he said, condemning the acts of the rival faction at Adoor
      and Thamarachal where they tried to forcibly occupy Jacobite churches.

      Indian Express
      27th August 2002
      http://www.newindpress.com/Newsitems.asp?
      ID=IER20020826233711&Title=Kerala&rLink=0
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