Ordination jubilee of Patriarch of Antioch and all the East celebrations begin
- 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
The faithful had begun to converge on the Marine Drive early in the
for the programme that began after 4 p. m. The huge canopy that was
the Marine Drive ground was overflowing with people eager to have a
the spiritual head of the Syrian Orthodox Church.
Dignitaries were taken to the dais, 10 feet high, with the help of an
even as the Patriarch arrived on a motorised chariot to spirited
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.
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
greetings on behalf of the Catholic community in the State.
The Industries Minister, P. K. Kunhalikutty, the Minister for
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.
In HIS Love
Thomas Daniel (Reji)
St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Cheppaud, Alleppy (dist), Kerala, India.
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