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THE FOURTH APOSTOLIC VISIT OF THE HOLY FATHER TO INDIA BEGINS

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  • Chev. Thomas Daniel
    THE FOURTH APOSTOLIC VISIT OF THE HOLY FATHER TO INDIA BEGINS Friday, October 17, 2008: Today at 9.00 am, His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of
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      THE FOURTH APOSTOLIC VISIT OF THE HOLY FATHER TO INDIA BEGINS

      Friday, October 17, 2008: Today at 9.00 am, His Holiness Ignatius
      Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of the Apostolic See of Antioch & all the
      East and the Supreme head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church,
      arrived at the Cochin International Airport in Nedumbassery where the
      Holy Father was given a rousing welcome by thousands of faithful from
      different parts of Malankara. This is His Holiness' fourth visit to
      the Church in India as the Patriarch of the Holy See.

      At the Airport, His Holiness was received by the head of the Syriac
      church in India, His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios
      Thomas I, all the Metropolitans from Malankara, the Rambans, Priests
      and others official bearers of the church of India. The
      representatives from the Kerala Government were also present during
      the occasion to welcome the State Guest. Metropolitans their
      Eminences, Mor Clemis Awgen, Mor Daniel Clemis, Mor Philoxenos
      Mathias, Rambans & Sisters from Syria and Turkey are accompanying the
      holy father during this visit.

      The Patriarch later left for Puthencruz and reached the Patriarchal
      Centre complex which is the headquarters of the Church in India at
      10.30 am. On His Holiness' arrival, the Church bell of the nearby St.
      Athanasius Cathedral rang continuously. Here also hundreds of
      faithful were waiting to have a glimpse of their spiritual supreme
      who is arriving after a gap of 4 years. The Patriarch after blessing
      the faithful delivered a brief speech in which he applauded the great
      services of His Beatitude the Catholicos and also mentioned about the
      general development of the Church in India under him.

      At 4.00 pm the Moroon consecration of the St. Athanasius Cathedral,
      which is the first church established in the name of Saint Athanasius
      of Alwaye, began under the leadership of His Beatitude the Catholicos
      and assisted by Metropolitans their Eminences, Mor Severios Abraham,
      Mor Gregorios Joseph, Mor Athanasius Geevarghese, Mor Theethoos
      Yeldho, Mor Thevodosius Mathews, Mor Eusebious Kuriakose, Mor
      Athanasius Elias, Mor Irenious Mathews and Mor Clemis Kuriakose. At
      5.00 pm the Patriarch, due to certain knee problems, entered the
      Cathedral in a wheel chair, along with the accompanying Metropolitans
      and Rambans. The later services were held under the leadership of His
      Holiness and His Beatitude. By around 6.30 pm the Mooron Consecration
      services of the cathedral ended after which the Patriarch blessed the
      new library and Syriac centre located at the headquarter complex.

      The Patriarch who reached today will be in the state for 12 days.
      The Holy Father will leave for Damascus on October 29th.

      Photos to be added soon in
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