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864Archdiocese for Knanaya community - Mor Sevarios elevated as Archbishop

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  • Thomas Daniel
    Jan 13, 2007
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      Archdiocese for Knanaya community - Mor Sevarios elevated as

      KOTTAYAM: Mor Sevarios Kuriakose, Metropolitan and head of the
      Malankara Syrian Knanaya diocese, has been elevated as Archbishop
      and Chief Metropolitan by the Patriarch of Antioch. Making the
      official declaration, the new Archbishop told mediapersons at the
      church headquarters at Chingavanom near here on Saturday that the
      diocese had been elevated as archdiocese.

      The small but closely knit Knanaya community, believed to be the
      descendants of Syrian settlers who arrived on the Malabar coast in
      345 AD, is spread over the Catholic and Syrian rites. The new
      Archbishop-Chief Metropolitan of the Archdiocese would have
      `immediate, universal jurisdiction' over the entire Syrian Knanaya
      community whose supreme head is the Patriarch of Antioch.

      This is for the first time that an Archbishop is being consecrated
      in the Syrian Church here. According to Mor Sevarios, the growth of
      the 96-year-old diocese during the past decades, the spread of its
      members all over the world, the strong ecumenical relations the
      Church has established with sister Churches and the work it has done
      in the area of charity were taken into account while bestowing the
      new position by Antioch. With the elevation, Mor Sevarius has
      emerged as the de facto number two in the Jacobite Syrian Christian
      Church after Catholicos Baselius Thomas I.

      The archdiocese would get a new auxiliary bishop soon. Auxiliary
      bishop-elect Fr. C.T. Kurian will be consecrated in Damascus by the
      Patriarch on February 2, the new Archbishop said.

      Source: http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/14/stories/2007011409380500.htm