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Royal Welcome To The Patriarch At Delhi

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  • Thomas Daniel
    The Patriarch of Antioch & All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas were accorded a royal welcome at
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      The Patriarch of Antioch & All the East and Supreme Head of the
      Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas were
      accorded a royal welcome at the Indian Capital Delhi. After
      completing H.H.'s visit to Kerala, the Patriarch arrived at Delhi,
      along with the Catholicose H.B. Baselious Thomas I.

      The Church leaders received the Patriarch and the accompanying
      delegation at Delhi airport. In the evening, a public reception
      meeting was held at Thalkatora indoor stadium and the Patriarch was
      taken there in an open vehicle in a traditional procession,
      accompanied by people carrying Muthukuda, music bands etc. Thousands
      of people thronged the sides of the route to see a glimpse of the
      visiting dignitary. Upon arrival at the indoor stadium, a
      traditional Kerala style welcome with `Thalappoli' was accorded to
      the Patriarch.

      The choir group of St. Peter's Cathedral Church leads the welcome
      song in Syriac. It was the third visit of His Holiness to India,
      after consecrated as the Patriarch of the Universal Syrian Orthodox

      In his opening felicitation address the Union Minister H.E. P.M.
      Sayed noted that each visit of the spiritual leader would strengthen
      the ties with his people in India. He also praised the assistance of
      different Christian Churches in India's development endeavors.

      "Peace is the essence of all religion. Those who propagate violence
      and hatred among people are destroying the religion and the
      society", the minister pointed out. He also wished that the visit of
      the Patriarch would strengthen the peace and spirit of co-existence
      in the society.

      The meeting was attended by the Apostolic Nuncio Pedro Loppus
      Quintana, Syrian Ambassador H.E. Shaad Salem, Armenian Ambassador
      H.E. Armanbal Burton, Lebnon Ambassador Waleeda Naser, Church Ex-
      Secretary Rajan Scaria, Metropolitans Thomas Mor Themotheos,
      Kuriakose Mor Julius, Joseph Mor Gregorious, Kuriakose Mor
      Theophilos, Pathros Mor Silvanos and Mor Anthanasius Elia Bahi.

      Today morning the Patriarch will celebrate the Holy Qurbono and
      consecration of St. Peter's Cathedral Church. Tomorrow after
      visiting the Raj Ghat, the eternal rest place of Mahatma Gandhi, the
      Patriarch will plant a tree there.

      Tomorrow the Indian President H.E. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Vice
      President H.E. Bhairon Singh Shekhavat, Prime Minister H.E. Dr.
      Manmohan Singh, UPA Convener Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, The Ex-Prime
      Minister Vajpaee and the Opposition leader L. K. Advani will receive
      the Patriarch. His Holiness will leave for Damascus in the early
      morning flight on Friday

      Source: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SOCM-FORUM/message/5056

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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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