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    Need for preserving sanctity of Manarcaud church stressed KOTTAYAM: The need for maintaining a peaceful atmosphere and preserving the sanctity of the famous St
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      Need for preserving sanctity of Manarcaud church stressed

      KOTTAYAM: The need for maintaining a peaceful atmosphere and preserving
      the sanctity of the famous St Mary’s church, Manarcaud, was stressed
      at a public meet on Wednesday, held in connection with the eight-day
      lent and the Feast of Nativity of Mother Mary.

      Inaugurating the meet, Markose Mar Koorilose, metropolitan of the Kollam,
      Niranam and Thumpamon dioceses of the Syrian Jacobite church, noted that
      all visitors to Manarcaud church have gone back enriched and that this has
      contributed to the growth of the pilgrim shrine over the years. The services
      rendered by the church to the poor was noteworthy and the involvement of
      more non-Christians in the festivities than Christians, makes it a shining
      example of faith, communal amity and brotherhood.

      Kottayam diocese supremo Thomas Mar Theemothios, in his presidential address
      called upon all concerned, to follow the path of Christian love and faith and
      to resist attempts from all quarters to taint the name of the famous church.
      The Manarcaud church acts as a magnet for devotees, cutting across caste, creed
      and religion and faithfuls are keen to have their prayers in the holy precincts
      of the church for long hours, he noted.

      K Suresh Kurup MP, said that religion had become a double-edged tool and that
      conscious efforts were needed to make it a tool to acheive peace and communal
      harmony. Kottayam Municipal Chairman Sunny Kaloor also spoke on the occasion.
      �Ponnadas" was presented to four elderly persons. Church vicar Rev Mathew P
      Eliyas Cor Episcopa presented the keys of the house constructed for the poor.
      Rev E T Kuriakose Cor Episcopa welcomed the gathering and church secretary
      K V Skaria proposed the vote of thanks.
      www.newindpress.com
      Septemebr 5, 2002
      http://www.newindpress.com/Newsitems.asp?
      ID==IER20020904234037&Title==Kerala&rLink
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