Rousing reception to Patriarch in southern diocese
Patriarch of Antioch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas, who arrived
Malankara on apostolic visit was accorded a warm welcome by the
leaders of Malankara Syrian Knanaya Archdiocese at its headquarters
at Chingavnom on Thursday.
The Patriarch who was accompanied by Catholicos Baselios Thomas I and
other bishops were received by Archbishop Kuriakose Mor Savarios and
other bishops of the Knanaya Archdiocese at the Mor Aprem Seminary.
After holding special prayers at the tomb of Abraham Mor Clemis, the
former head of the Archdiocese, the Pontiff spoke to the flock at the
public reception accorded to him and Catholicos Baselios Thomas I.
Speaking on the occasion, the Patriarch said the archdiocese with its
distinctive cultural moorings was an integral part of the universal
Syrian church and hoped that they would continue to contribute to the
society. He hoped the archdiocese would scale new heights under the
Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, in his address referred to
the ongoing tussle with the Orthodox Church and challenged them to
produce any evidence regarding the ownership of the disputed
Thrikkunnathu Seminary. If they present legitimate evidence, he was
ready to give up the church's claim, he said.
The Patriarch later participated in the meeting of the Knanaya
Association and left to Manjinikkara.
The Patriarch of Antioch and head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox
Church, Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas, was accorded a rousing
reception by the clergy and the laity at Manjanikkara here on
The Patriarch, accompanied by Catholicose Abbon Mor Baselios Thomas-
I, Mathyas Mor Peelexinos, Patriarchal Vicar; Augen Mor Cleemis,
California Archbishop; Daniel Mor Cleemis and Beirut Archbishop,
reached Manjanikkara, a major pilgrim centre of Syrian that houses
tomb of the Syrian Patriarch, St. Elias-III, in the afternoon.
Addressing the faithful, the Patriarch recalled the contributions of
St. Elias-III and other Church leaders to ensure peace and harmony in
He was received by the Manjanikkara Dayaro chief, Geevarghese Mor
Divannasios, T.U. Kuruvila, MLA who is also the Dayaro secretary,
Kuriakose Mr Eulios Metropolitan and Geevarghese Mr Athanaseus
The Patriarch offered prayers at the tomb of St. Elias-III and at the
Dayaro Cathedral. He also blessed the believers who thronged the
Cathedral premises. Kuriakose Mor Eulios and Geevarghese Mor
Athanaseus presented a memento to the Patriarch.
His Holiness blessed the foundation stones of St. Elias III platinum
jubilee memorial building and Kayamkulam Kadisa Church.
(St. Elias III platinum jubilee memorial building
The Patriarch also elevated the St. Mary's Jacobite Church at Kundara
to the status of a cathedral on the occasion. The Patriarch has
conferred the `Chevalier' title to T.V. Thomson of Kottayam Simhasana
Church on the occasion.
Those who cannot attend the function of the Patriarch of Antioch &
All the East at Manjanikkara, Radio Malankara Team, in cooperation
with Atheeva Technologies, broadcasted the event live from
Latter His Holiness Consecrated the renovated St. George's Syrian
Orthodox Church at Kavumbhagom, near Thiruvalla. Thousand of the
faithful assembled at Kavumbhagom to receive the Syrian Orthodox
The Patriarch had also elevated the St. George Syrian church,
Kavumbagam to the status of a cathedral on the occasion.
SOCM News Bureau - Thiruvalla