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Patriarch of the Antioch arrives in Kerala

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  • Thomas Daniel
    Patriarch of the Antioch and all the East H.H Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas arrived here on Monday on a seven-day visit to Kerala. Amid high security,
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      Patriarch of the Antioch and all the East H.H Moran Mor Ignatius
      Zakka-I Iwas arrived here on Monday on a seven-day visit to Kerala.

      Amid high security, thousands of devotees thronged the Kochi
      international airport to accord a tumultuous welcome to the supreme
      head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church.

      Fisheries Minister Dominic Presentation received the visiting
      dignitary on behalf of the state government.

      Catholicos Baselious Thomas I and other bishops of the Jacobite
      Syrian Church received their religious head.

      Synod secretary Mor Gregorius Joseph, Patriarchal Assistant to
      Malankara Mor Julius Kuriakose, Mor Philoxenos Yuhanon, Mor
      Thimotheos Thomas, Mor Ivanios Mathews, Mor Theophilos Kuriakose,
      Mor Miltheos Yuhanon, Mor Polycarpus Geevarghese, Mor Athanasius
      Geevarghese, Mor Dioscorus Kuriakose, Mor Dionysius Geevarghese ,
      Church trusty George Mathew Theketalackal, secretary Thambu George
      Thukalan,Kozhiparambathu Aliyas Ramban were came to receive H.H.

      Member of Parliament Lonappan Nambadan, Member of Legislatives, T.M.
      Jacob, K. Babu, P.G Joy, T.H Mustafa, Saju Paul, M.A
      Chandrasekharan, V.J Paulose, U.D.F convener P.P. Thankachan, other
      public dignitaries were also came to receive His Holiness.

      Though tired after a long journey, His Holiness Zakka greeted the
      people at the airport and extended blessings to the people of Kerala.

      The Patriarch arrived by an Emirates flight EK- 350 from Damascus
      via Dubai to attend a host of religious and public functions during
      his third visit to the Malankara Church. H.H is accompanied by 12
      member delegation, including Mor Athanatius Elia Bahi (Patriarchal
      Assistant), Pathros Mor Silvanos (Homs), Malki Mor Militius
      (Australia).

      He will be accorded a public reception at Ernakulam on Tuesday
      marking the beginning of year-long silver jubilee celebrations of
      his enthronement as the 122nd successor to St Peter.

      The Patriarch, later, proceeded to Le-Meridian hotel in Ernakulam.
      He will have no major functions today.

      Tight security had been thrown in and around the airport in view of
      the prolonged dispute between the two factions of the Church and the
      strong reservation of rival faction to the visit of the Patriarch
      and his proposed visits to some of the disputed churches in Kerala.

      In HIS Love
      Thomas Daniel (Reji)
      St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodx Church
      Cheppaud, Alleppy (dist), Kerala, India.
      http://ApostolicVisit.cjb.net or http://ApostolicVisit2004.cjb.net
      http://groups.msn.com/StGeorgeSyrianOrthodoxChurchCheppaud
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