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    MALANKARA SYRIAN CHURCH GAVE GRAND RECEPTION TO THE SUPREME HEAD OF THE CHURCH AND FELICITATED THE CATHOLICOS. Kochi, Oct. 19 : The year-long sacerdotal Golden
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      MALANKARA SYRIAN CHURCH GAVE GRAND RECEPTION TO THE SUPREME HEAD OF
      THE CHURCH AND FELICITATED THE CATHOLICOS.

      Kochi, Oct. 19 : The year-long sacerdotal Golden jubilee celebrations
      of the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the regional head of
      the Syrian Christian Church of India, came to an end today with a
      grand reception given to His Holiness the Patriarch and His Beatitude
      the Catholicos at the Marine Drive grounds in Kochi. As many as
      1,00,000 faithful attended the function held, to welcome His Holiness
      the Patriarch on his 4th Apostolic visit to India and to facilitate
      the Catholicos on his sacerdotal Golden jubilee.

      The program started with the prayer song followed by the welcome
      speech by H.G. Mor Gregorios Joseph, the Secretary of the Malankara
      Synod and the Chairman of the celebration committee. Sr. V S.
      Achuthanandan, the honourable Chief Minister of Kerala State
      delivered the presidential address.

      The grand meeting was inaugurated by the His Holiness Ignatius Zakka
      I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and the Supreme Head
      of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, by lighting the ceremonial
      lamp. The Patriarch, who profusely praised the contributions made by
      the present Catholicos to the growth of the Malankara Syrian Church,
      decorated him with icons and a ring as a mark of recognition and
      affection.

      Speaking on the occasion the Patriarch said that the growing
      materialism and selfishness in the present world were destroying the
      bonds of love and tolerance, which previously existed among different
      nations and people. His Holiness added that ''some nations and people
      were becoming richer and richer and some poorer and poorer, and this
      had given rise to conflicts between nations and within a country.''
      The world was changing very fast and the advancement in the field of
      science had enabled people to communicate easily creating more
      materialism and took people away from the path of God, he said. "The
      increased knowledge in science and technology should not take us away
      from God, but rather, take us closer to God who blesses us with such
      knowledge,'' he noted. The Patriarch exhorted the political and
      religious leaders, social workers to play a positive role by
      promoting and ensuring better understanding, better unity and co-
      operation among all people.

      Before addressing the faithful, the Patriarch moved through the
      middle of the capacity gathering to give apostolic blessings to the
      people on a vehicle. Slogans of "Long live the Malankara-Antioch
      relation" rend the air as the Patriarch gave his blessings.

      Shri. Shivraj Patil, the Union Home Minister, Government of India
      delivered the key note Address. In his speech he said that the people
      has recognized the great service rendered by the Christian Church. It
      did the work of providing education and imparting fortitude to people
      to face the ups and downs of life. He also added that India is the
      land of philosophy of pluralism and Indians saw divinity in
      everything in the universe. While religions should unite, in some
      cases, it tended to divide people. These were occasions created by
      people who did not understand the essence of religion.

      Representing the sister Episcopal churches, H.E. Dr. Daniel
      Acharuparambil, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of
      Varapuzha and H.E. Dr. Thomas Samuel, the bishop of the Church of
      South India spoke.

      The other speakers were the honourable Ministers of State, Shri.
      Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Shri. S Sarma, Shri. Mons Joseph, Shri. M A
      Baby and Shri. Binoy Viswam, the Opposition leader & the former Chief
      Minister of Kerala Shri. Oommen Chandy, KPCC President Shri. Ramesh
      Chennithala, BJP leader and former Union Minister Shri. O. Rajagopal
      and the honourable City Mayor Mrs. Mercy Williams.

      At the end of the public function, His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon
      Mor Baselios Thomas Ist, delivered the reply speech in which he
      thanked all for their love and sincerity to the Holy Church. The vote
      of thanks was made by Shri. Thambu George Thukalan, the Church
      secretary.

      The function organized inside a massive 'pandal' and attended by
      scores of faithful ended by around 8.00 pm.

      For photos:
      http://www.syrianchurch.org/ApostolicVisit2008/apostolic_visit_gallery
      .htm

      http://kandanaddiocese.org/Apostolic_Visit/main.php

      SOCM News Bureau
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