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Ordination jubilee of Patriarch of Antioch and all the East celebrations begin

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  • Thomas Daniel
    KOCHI, SEPT. 21. The scenic Marine Drive and an enthusiastic gathering of more than 50,000 people provided the perfect ambience to the beginning of the silver
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      KOCHI, SEPT. 21. The scenic Marine Drive and an enthusiastic
      gathering of more than 50,000 people provided the perfect ambience to
      the beginning of the silver jubilee celebrations of the ordination of
      the head of the Universal Syrian
      Orthodox Church, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East,Ignatius
      Zakka I
      Iwas.

      Huge gathering

      The faithful had begun to converge on the Marine Drive early in the
      afternoon
      for the programme that began after 4 p. m. The huge canopy that was
      erected on
      the Marine Drive ground was overflowing with people eager to have a
      glimpse of
      the spiritual head of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

      Dignitaries were taken to the dais, 10 feet high, with the help of an
      elevator
      even as the Patriarch arrived on a motorised chariot to spirited
      greetings from
      the faithful.

      The meeting was inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, who
      said that he was happy and proud to be part of the celebrations. He
      recalled that the
      previous two visits of the Patriarch had raised a lot of heat and
      dust but after
      the visits they had died down.

      Welcomed

      Earlier, Joseph Gregorios, Metropolitan welcomed the gathering.
      Baseliose Thomas I, Catholicos, said in his presidential address that
      it was not to raise
      controversies or to make quarrels that such occasions should be used.

      Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, head of the Syro-Malabar Church conveyed
      his
      greetings on behalf of the Catholic community in the State.

      The Industries Minister, P. K. Kunhalikutty, the Minister for
      Fisheries, Dominic
      Presentation, Sebastian Paul, MP; K. V. Thomas, T. M. Jacob and Saju
      Paul, MLAs; O. Rajagopal, former Union Minister of State for
      Railways; the UDF convener, P. P. Thankachan; the SNDP Yogam General
      Secretary Vellappally Natesan; Philip Mathew, chairman of the Press
      Trust of India and businessman, Yusuf Ali, were among those who
      participated in the public meeting.

      http://www.hindu.com/2004/09/22/stories/2004092214550300.htm

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