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    KOTTAYAM: Echoing the views of the Pope of the Catholic Church, Patriarch of Antioch Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas on Sunday came down heavily on abortion saying
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      KOTTAYAM: Echoing the views of the Pope of the Catholic Church,
      Patriarch of
      Antioch Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas on Sunday came down heavily on
      abortion saying it was a crime committed by men and women.

      In his speech declaring St Mary's Church at Manarcaud near here as a
      universal
      pilgrim centre and elevating it to the status of a cathedral, the
      Patriarch said
      mothers had a duty of offering babies to the world and grooming them
      in a good
      way and recalled that Virgin Mary was a role model for married and
      unmarried men and women.

      Addressing followers on the church premises after the Sunday Holy
      Mass, the
      Patriarch said that the Syrian Church attached much importance to
      Virgin Mary
      and her intercession between God and believers.

      The Manarcaud St Mary's Church had become a great pilgrim centre
      where thousands became blessed through prayers, the Patriarch said
      and added that the miracles performed by Virgin Mary here were
      uncountable. She was keeping the word of God and her life was a model
      for married and unmarried people, he added.

      The Patriarch then declared the Manarcaud church as a universal
      pilgrim centre
      and elevated it as a cathedral amid chants of `let Antioch-Malankara
      ties last
      for ever' by thousands of church followers.

      The Patriarch's speech was conspicuous by the absence of any
      reference to the
      ongoing feud in the Malankara Church, in spite of the fact that the
      headquarters
      of the Orthodox Syrian Church is here.

      Thanking the declaration on the Manarcaud church, Catholicos Baselius
      Thomas I said that the Jacobite Church submitted itself to the Throne
      of Antioch with
      respect, obedience and allegiance of faith.

      The criticism by the Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II of the
      Orthodox
      Church against the Patriarch was like asking the latter to move from
      the seat of
      God to that of Satan, he said. The Catholicos was speaking as if some
      evil
      spirit had entered him, he said, but cautioned church followers not
      to ridicule
      the Orthodox faction under any provocation.

      Earlier in the day, the Patriarch offered the Holy Mass with the
      assistance of
      Baselius Thomas I, other bishops of the Jacobite Church and the
      Knanaya
      Metropolitan. Mar Athanasios Eliya Bahi, secretary to the Patriarch,
      Pathros Mar
      Silvianos (Holms) and Malki Mar Milithios (Australia) also
      participated.

      This was the second time the Patriarch was visiting the Manarcaud
      church. The
      last one was during his India visit in 1982.

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      In His Love
      Thomas Daniel (Reji)
      St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
      Cheppaud, Alleppy Dist, Kerala, India.
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