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Proposed Gregorian Open Chapel cum Meditation Centre at Anikkadu is progressing wel

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  • SOCM News Bureau
    Anikkadu, Mallappally: The contraction work of the proposed Gregorian Open Chapel cum Meditation Centre at Anikkadu, Mallappally is progressing well. The
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 6, 2012
      Anikkadu, Mallappally: The contraction work of the proposed Gregorian Open Chapel cum Meditation Centre at Anikkadu, Mallappally is progressing well. The Meditation Centre cum Open Chapel is part of a Retreat and Conference Centre Complex of the Niranam Diocese of the Jacobite Syrian Church. Two and a half acres of land, which is a beautiful and serene mount top, was donated to the Diocese by Pannikottu Vadakkedathu family of Puramattam. God willing, this year's feet washing ceremony will be held at the new chapel in Anikkadu on Maundy Thursday. The administrative office block was already consecrated by His Beatitude Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I last year. Your prayers are solicited for the successful completion of the project.

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    • Dn. Paul Samuel
      The Syrian Christians may have built more churches, some of them worth several crores, in the last decade across Kerala, but demographic trends show that their
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 9, 2012
        The Syrian Christians may have built more churches, some of them worth
        several crores, in the last decade across Kerala, but demographic
        trends show that their population is fast declining in the state as a
        result of a sharp fall in birth rate coupled with migration.

        A sample survey by the Centre for Development Studies (CDS),
        Thiruvananthapuram, has found that the Christian population in the
        state fell by nine per cent between 2008 and 2011 while the population
        of Hindus grew by five per cent and of Muslims by 3 per cent during
        this period. Muslim population showed slower growth, despite a higher
        birth rate, mainly due to higher migration among them.
        Among the Christians it was the population of Syrian Christian groups
        like Orthodox, Jacobite, Marthoma and CSI that fell sharply, while the
        numbers of Syro-Malabar Catholics, Latin Catholics, Pentecostal and
        Dalit Christians rose.

        “The fall in the number of Syrian Christians cancelled out the growth
        of other denominations leading to an overall decline of the Christian
        population,” explains senior demographer and CDS fellow K.C.
        Zachariah, who had in 2001 warned of a sharp decline in the Syrian
        Christian population as a result of the social and economic
        advancement of the Syrian Christians over the last several decades.
        While one out of eight Malayalis in 1960 was a Syrian Christian, their
        numbers would fall to 1 out of 12 by 2031, he predicted.

        The worried Syrian church has now come out with schemes to encourage
        larger families. The Kothamangalam diocese of the Syro-Malabar
        Catholic Church is offering a scheme under which a family needs to pay
        only 50 per cent of the fee for a third child in Church-run schools
        and no fee at all for a fourth child and more.

        “We are offering a fee concession as many prefer small families
        because they are worried about education expenses,” says Fr Francis
        Alappat, vicar general of the diocese.

        Worryingly, in 2031, the population of the Syrian Christians is
        projected to come down to 28.5 lakh while that of non Syrians to 30.4
        lakhs. (By 2021, Kerala population may actually start to show a
        negative growth rate according to the CDS study)

        Noting that Pathanamthitta and Idukki, have shown a decline in
        population, according to the 2011 Census, Mr Zachariah points out that
        Syrian Christians live in large numbers in these two southern
        districts and could have impacted the overall figure.

        Deccan Chronicle
        10.03.2012
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