New record for the IOC Catholicos Baselious Marthoma Mathews II
- The Indian Orthodox Church Catholicos H.H Baselious Marthoma Mathews II becomes the record holder of being a Metropolitan for the longest period, among all Malankara Syrian Churches, after the oath of Coonan Cross in 1653. The Catholicos completed 18795 days (51 years, 5.5 months) in office, and pushed back the record of the Late Great Metropolitan of the East and Bishop of the Knanaya diocese of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church His Grace Abraham Mor Clemis.
Being ordained as an Episcope on 15th May 1953, Mathews Mar Coorilos elevated as Metropolitan on 12th July 1959, and on 27th April 1991 as Malankara Metropolitan and on 29th April 1991 became the Catholicos of the East.
The Latin Catholic Bishop Dr. Jerome Fernandez is the record holder of being the longest served Metropolitan among all Christian denominations. The Bishop completed 19799 days (54 years, 2.5 months) in office, from 12th December 1937 to 26th February 1992 and it is considered as an Indian record.
Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Metropolitan of Marthoma Syrian Church is running behind the record of the Catholicos by only eight days. Being ordained as Episcope on 23rd May 1953, the Marthoma Metropolitan now completed 18787 days in office.
On this occasion the moderators and members of this forum congratulates Cahtolios & IOC and pray to the Almighty to give him healthy and long life to lead his Church.
In Christian Love