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(Updated on 13 June 2010)

Centenary Celebrations Of Metropolitan Ordination of St. Athanasius Paulose - Valiya Thirumeni

13 June, 2010, Angamaly, INDIA: Centenary Celebration of the Metropolitan Ordination of St. Athanasius Paulose of Malankara, ('Valiya Thirumeni') concluded at Akaparambu Mor Sabor Mor Afroth Syrian Christian Cathedral on June 13, Sunday. Catholicos His Beatitude Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I led the Holy Qurbono at the Cathedral. Metropolitans Their Eminence Mor Severios Abraham, Mor Ivanios Mathews, Mor Theophilose Kuriakose, Mor Athanasius Elias, Mor Aphrem Mathews, Mor Eusebios Kuriakose, Mor Clemis Kuriakose and Mor Philaxinos Zacharias assisted. Lots of priests and thousands of faithful attended the ceremonies.

The public meeting was inaugurated by Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I. Mor Severios Abraham presided over the function. Honourable Minister S. Sharma inaugurated the distribution of endowment. Mor Athanasius Elias, UDF convener Commander P. P Thankachan, K. P Dhanapalan MP, Church Secretary Bar Etho M'hero Thampu George Thukalan, Block Panchayath President K. J Issac & Vicar of Catholic Church Rev Fr. Thomas Pynadath spoke during the occasion. Rev Fr Poulose Arakkaparambil, Vicar of the Cathedral, Rev Fr. Varghese V Areekkal, Jacob Kooren & T.I Elias Thombra coordinated the function.


An article in Malayalam about "Valiya Thirumeni"

by Rev Fr George Vayaliparambil

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World Christian Conference of Migrants in Denmark concluded

12 June 2010, Denmark: Three days longed World Christian Conference of Migrants in Denmark concluded on June 12, Saturday. The conference was conducted at Middlefart Hotel, Denmark. The conference was organised by National Council of Churches in Denmark. Delegates from 26 countries participated. Rev. Fr. Eldhose Vattaparambil represented Syriac Orthodox Church. The theme of this year's conference was 'Make Youngsters the believers of Christ'. National Council of Churches in Denmark was founded in 2004, as a merger of the Ecumenical Council of Denmark founded in 1939, and the Council of Danish Churches founded in 1991.  

KCC Youth Assembly concluded

12 June, 2010, Kottayam, India: KCC youth assembly concluded here on June 12, Saturday. Metropolitan Mor Theophilose Kuriakose inaugurated the assembly. The meeting was presided over by Santhoshkutty Kaniyamparambil, Chairman KCC youth assembly, the member of Morth Mariyam JSO Cathedral. Lots of members from different Christian denominations attended the assembly. Reporter Chief editor of People's Channel Prof. Mammen Varkey took class on " Kraysthava Douthyam - Punarvaayanayum Punaraavishkaranavum". Students passed 10th/+2 from the member churches, who secured A+ in all subjects were hounered during the function. Adv. S Jithesh conducted the "Speedy Cartoon Show" program as part of the assembly. Kerala Animation Academy Chairman Rev Jose Punamadomlead a class on " Cartoon Pravachaka Douthyathinte Samvedhana Madhyamam". Priests and laymen from all the member churches spoke during the function
Source: Malankara Syriac Resource

CWME Meeting Concluded in Edinburgh

11 June 2010, Edinburgh: The Meeting of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) of the World Council of Churches concluded today here in Edinburgh. The meeting decided to hold a Mission Conference in 2012 prior to the Assembly of WCC to be held in Busan, Korea in 2013. The Commission will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the integration of the WCC with the International Missionary Council (IMC) which took place in 1963 in New Delhi. This event will be held in Ghana in March, 2011. The meeting of the Commission was also attended by Dr. Walter Altmann, the moderator of the Central Committee of the WCC and guests from the Church of Scotland. The meeting was also an opportunity to bid farewell to Dr. Jacques Matthey who is due to retire from the staff of WCC. His Eminence Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos of Syriac Orthodox Church as moderator of the Commission chaired the meeting.

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Former President of India His Excellency Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam visited Kothamangalam Mor Athanasious College

07 June 2010, Kothamangalam, Kerala: Former President of India His Excellency Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam visited Kothamangalam Mor Athanasious College with a message to the youth. Thousands of people gathered together at Baselious Poulose II Indoor Stadium to hear the message from Abdul Kalam. U.G.C former Secretary R.K Chaukan Presided over the function. His Beatitiude Catholicose Aboon Mor Baselious Thomas I, College Managing Committee Chairman His Eminence Mathews Mor Aprem, Prof M.P Varghese, Dr. Vinni Varghese, Dr. George Isaac & Indira Rajan spoke during the occasion. 

Reception given to Mor Barnabas Geevarghese & Roy Mathew Mulamootil Cor Episcopa at Ranni

06 June 2010, Ranni, Kerala: A warm welcome was given to newly ordained metropolitan for Spiritual Organizations, His Grace Mor Barnabas Geevarghese and newly ordained Very Rev. Roy Mathew Mulamoottil Cor Episcopa at St. Mary's JSO Simhasana Church here on June 06, Sunday. The public function was inaugurated by John Mathew, Pazhavangadi Panchayath President. Very Rev. Abraham Thekkattil Cor Episcopa presided over. Rev. Fr. Dr. Bensi Mathew Kizhakkethil, Rev. Fr. P. M Philip, Alichan Aronnil, Shaji Thekkattil, M. C Thomas, K. K Mathai, C. A Kurian, Stephan T. Abraham spoke. Hundreds of faithful attended.

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Source: Malankara Syriac Resource

Evangelization and social justice belong together, says WCC representative Mor Coorilos Geevarghese

Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, from India, moderator of WCC's Commission on World Mission and Evangelism

06 June 2010, Edinburgh: Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, from India, voiced a “growing concern that the prophetic voice [of the church] has been gradually diminishing in ecumenical circles including the World Council of Churches (WCC)”. Coorilos is the moderator of the WCC's Commission on World Mission and Evangelism. Speaking at the 2-6 June Edinburgh 2010 Conference, Coorilos said that “a false dichotomy between evangelical and ecumenical strands [of Christianity] is irrelevant”. However, he warned that “attempts at widening the ecumenical umbrella” should not dilute the “prophetic dimensions of mission”. “Passion for evangelism and quest for social justice should be held together”, he said. The Edinburgh 2010 international gathering commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the landmark 1910 World Mission Conference which took place in the same city and is widely considered the symbolic starting point of the modern ecumenical movement. Some 300 delegates from over 60 countries and virtually all Christian traditions are attending the event.


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Bar E'to M'haimno Commander Dr. P. A. Jacob's loyalty to the Holy Church and Antioch was unchallengeable : Holy Father

06 June 2010, Thiruvalla, Kerala: His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas condoled in the demise of Bar E'tho M'haimno Commander Dr. P. A. Jacob. His loyalty to the Holy Syriac Orthodox Church, its metropolitans, and the Holy Throne of St. Peter was unchallengeable, Holy Father says in the condolence message.

The funeral of Bar E'to M'haimno Commander Dr. P. A. Jacob was held at his home parish, Othera St. Mary's JSO Knanaya Church on June 05, Saturday. His Beatitude Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I led the service. Bar E'to M'haimno Commander Dr. P.A. Jacob's untimely demise is a loss for the church and society, said Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I.

Metropolitans Mor Athanasius Geevarghese (Simhasana Church), Mor Theophilose Kuriakose (MSOTS, Europe), Mor Aphrem Mathews (High Range), Mor Athanasius Elias (Viswasa Samrakshana Samithy), Mor Chrisostomos Markose (EAE), Mor Ivanios Mathews (Kandanad), Mor Irenios Paulose (Kozhikode), Mor Gregorios Kuriakose (Kallisserry), Mor Ivanios Kuriakose (Ranni), Mor Barnabas Geevarghese (Spiritual Organizations) assisted His Beatitude.

Earlier Hon. Ministers Paloly Muhammed Kutty, P. K. Gurudasan, Mullakkara Rathnakaran, MLAs, MPs, His Grace the Most Rev Dr. Philipose Mar Chrisostomos Valiya Metropolita (Marthoma Syrian Church), His Grace the Most Rev Dr. Joseph Marthoma Metropolitan(Marthoma Syrian Church), Metropolitans of Syro Malankara Church, His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Joshua Mar Ignatios (Mavelikkara), His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Koorilos,(Thiruvalla), His Grace Dr. Vincent Mar Paulose(Marthandom), His Grace Dr. Thomas Mar Anthonios (Curia), Dr. Philipose Mar Stepahose (Asst. Thiruvalla), His Grace Dr. Sameual Mar Irenios (Asst. Trivandrum), Metropolitans of Indian Orthodox Church His Grace Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrisostomos (Niranam), His Grace Zacharias Mar Anthonios (Kollam), His Grace Geevarghese Mar Athanasius(Chengannur), CSI Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Sam Mathew, Bishops of Syro Malabar Church Archbishop His Grace Most. Rev. Dr. Mar Joseph Powathil, Dr. Mathew Arakkal, DGP Dr. Jacob Punnoose IPS, Tomin J Thachankary IPS, Super Intendent of Police, Pathanamthitta, DIG Natarajan, Dist. Collector S. Lalithambika IAS visited his house and condoled the bereaved family.

Bar E'tho M'haimno Commander Dr. P A Jacob (69), Chairman of Poabs Group was passed away at his residence here on June 04, Friday. He was the director and chairman of Paobs Group for the past 3 decades. He was decorated with Bar E'tho M'haimno, Commander and Chevalier titles by His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas considering his meritorious services to the church and the society. Chev. Dr. Jacob served the Knanaya Jacobite Archdiocese as its Layman Secretary/Trustee for several years. He was the winner of UN Award too. Recently the coveted, University of Jerusalem honoured him by conferring a doctorate. He was working as the Trustee of Nilakkal Ecumenical Trust, Chief Patron of All Kerala Registered Crusher Owners Association, President of All Kerala Elephant Welfare Association, Director Board Member of Mor Baselios Public School. He left behind his wife Mrs. Kunjukunjamma, and sons Abraham Jacob, Thomas Jacob and Joseph Jacob.

Delegation from Malankara meets Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim of Aleppo

04 June 2010, Aleppo, Syria: Archbishop Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim received the delegates from Malankara led by Metropolitan Mor Gregorios Joseph and Mor Osthatheos Ishaq on June 04, Friday at the Head Quarters of the Archdiocese of Aleppo. The delegation includesKuriakose Cor Episcopa Moolayil, Baby Chamakkala Cor Episcopa, Sleeba Cor Episcopa Kattumangattu.

Source: Office of the Archbishop, Aleppo, Syria

Delegation from Malankara meets Holy Father

04 June 2010, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: A delegation from Malankara led by Metropolitans Their Eminences Joseph Mor Gregorios (Episcopal Synod Secretary, Kochi Diocese) and Ishaq Mor Osthatheos(Mylapore & Delhi Dioceses) met His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas at Mor Ephraim's Patriarchal Monastery here on June 04, Friday. The delegation includes Very Rev. Cor Episcopas Sleeba Kattumangattu, Dr. Kuriakose Moolayil, Baby Chamakkala too. The delagation was welcomed at the monastery by Mor Philoxenos Mathias Nayis (Patriarchal Assistant) and Mor Dionysius Yuhanon Kawaq (Director, Patriarchate).


Source: Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate 

Very Rev. Dr. Kuriakose Cor Episcopa Moolayil awarded Doctorate in Ministry (D.Min) by LSTC

04 June 2010, Kottayam, Kerala: Very Rev. Dr. Kuriakose Moolayil awarded Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) in Mission and Leadership by the coveted Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago (LSTC). Dr. Kuriakose Cor Episcopa did his research in the Faculty of Mission & Leadership of LSTC and submitted the thesis entitled 'Mission of the Church among Mentally Challenged'. The doctoral committee commented the thesis a highly influencing one in the present world. Dr. Kuriakose Cor Episcopa, a homeopath, holds BA (University of Kerala), DHMS (Board of Homeopathic Medicine, Govt. of Kerala) and MA in Syriac (SEERI, MG University, Kottayam) in his credit. Currently he is doing Ph.D in Syriac from MG University in Ecclesiastical History of Bar Ebraya. V. Rev. Cor Episcopa, a renowned Church historian and writer, is the Lecturer in SEERI, Kottayam, Chairman of Theeram, Director of Mor Adai Study Centre (MASC).

Sunday school teachers training camp - MJSSA United Arab Emirate zone

04 June, 2010, Al Ain, United Arab Emirate: All U.A.E Sunday school teachers training camp held on 4th June 2010 at St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Simhasana Church Al Ain.


The Sunday school teachers from Dubai, Sharjah ,Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaima and Al Ain, attended the camp. Mrs Clara Mathias D' Souza. the teachers trainer and school coordinator took class on " Communication in Sunday School" Rev. Fr. Mathew Karimpanackal took class on "The Language of God, an introduction to Syriac Language"

A warm farewell was given to Rev. Fr. Biju Areeckal, the vice president of MJSSA, UAE zone.

Mr Kunjukunju Kutty, Secretary of MJSSA, UAE zone delivered the welcome speech and Mr. James Varghese , Head master of Al Ain Sunday school said the vote of thanks.

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Holy Father will visit the vicariate of United Kingdom on Saturday July 3, 2010

29 May 2010, London, United Kingdom: The full council meeting of the Patriarchal Vicariate of UK concluded at St. John's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Bethel Green, here. Patriarchal Vicar for UK and Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese His Eminence Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos presided over. Members and representatives from all the regions of UK participated. The council extended its full support to Mor Coorilos. Election for the office bearers for the coming year also held. Rev. Fr. Raju Cheruvallil was elected as the Priest Secretary. Rev. Fr. Geevarghese Thandayath is the new Regional Secretary. Sri. Raju Velamkala was elected as the Joint Secretary. Jiby Andrews will be the new Treasurer and Thomas Mathew will be the Auditor. Rev. Fr. Raju Cheruvallil will be the convenor for the committee to construct new church at London.


Patriarch His Holiness Morn Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas will be welcomed at London on July 3, 2010.


This year's family conference will be held at Belfast St. Ignatius Elias III JSO Church. Rev. Fr. Thomas Puthiyamadam will be the convenor for the conference. 

Feast of St. George celebrated at St. George JSO Church, Aberdeen, Scotland

30 May 2010, Aberdeen, Scotland: Feast of St. George celebrated at St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church here on May 30, Sunday. Patriarchal Vicar His Eminence Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos  was the chief celebrant. The holy service was held at St. Clement's Episcopal Church here. Mor Coorilos was welcomed at the church premises at 12.00 NOON followed by the morning prayer and Holy Qurbono at 12.45 PM. The Holy Qurbono was followed by traditional Procession and Nercha. Vicar Rev. Fr. Thomas Thandayath, who was elected as the new UK Regional Secretary and Raju Velamkala, who was elected as the new Joint Secretary was honoured after the service.
Source: Malankara Syriac Resource

Holy father received the official invitation to visit Republic of Iran

23 May 2010, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: Ms. Zahera Rashid, Director of Interfaith Dialogue, Tehran, Iran visited His Holiness arch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas at St. Ephraim's Patriarchal Monastery here on May 23, Sunday.


Ms. Zahera Rashid officially handed over the invitation to Holy father on His Holines's visit to Iran in coming months.


Mr. Hasan Igypt of Iranian Cultural Centre, Damascus accompanied Ms. Rashid. The delegation discussed about the Christian - Muslim Dialogues going on in the Middle East. Ms. Rashid pointed the Interfaith Conference held at the Catholicosate of Armenian Orthodox Church at Beirut last week a positive sign in this regard. Ms. Rashid and Mr. Igypt mentioned the key role, the Holy Syriac Orthodox Church and Moran in particular, plays to uphold the values of the relation between the two communities in the Middle East. Our Holy Father presented the delegation a book published by our publication department about the Muslim - Christian relation and dialogues.

Source: Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate

Mangalore Air Crash: His Beatitude Catholicos Baselios Thomas I condoled

23 May 2010, Mangalore, India: Mangalore Air Crash- Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I expressed deep grief and sorrow and condoled the loss of lives. His Beatitude said, he joins with the members of the bereaved family and wished speed recovery to those injured.


An Air India Express plane from Dubai overshot the table-top runway at the Mangalore airport on 22 May, Saturday morning and plunged over a cliff into a wooded valley, killing 158 persons.


There were 160 passengers and six crew members on board Flight IX-812. The passengers included 137 adults, 19 children and 4 infants. Eight passengers survived miraculously.


The reasons for the crash are as yet unclear. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Praful Patel said an enquiry by the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had been ordered.

Primates from Damascus on a one week visit to the Armenian

Catholicosate of Holy Etchmiadzin

May 19 2010, Etchmiadzin, Armenia: On 17 May, delegation of Patriarchal Vicars, Primates and Bishops of the Christian Churches of Damascus arrived in Armenia  at the invitation of Catholicosate of All Armenians in Etchmiadzin. The delegation was led by His Grace Bishop Armash Nalbandian, Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church in Damascus. The members of the delegation are the Primates of the Armenian Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Maronite Catholic, Syrian Catholic, and Melkite Greek Catholic Churches. His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians received and welcomed them. The Syriac Orthodox delegation includes Metropolitans Mor Silwanos Petrus Isaa (Homs & Hama) Mor Philoxenos Mathias Nayis (Patriarchal Assistant, Director of St. Ephraim's Patriarchal Seminary) and Mor Dionysius Yuhanon Kawaq (Director of Patriarchal Office & Headquarters).



During their one week stay, the high-ranking clergymen will visit the Monasteries of St. Gayane and St. Hripsimeh; the Monastery of St. Geghard; the Monasteries of Khor Virap and Oshakan; the Russian Orthodox Church of Kanaker; and the Assyrian Church of Upper Dvin. They will also be introduced to the activities of the divisions, departments and offices of the Armenian Church and will meet with the students and professorial staff of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary, the Vaskenian Theological Academy of Lake Sevan and the Theological Faculty of Yerevan State University.



Source: Armenian Church website

Holy Episcopal Synod and Annual Retreat of Metropolitans Concluded

19 May 2010, Puthencruz, Ernakulam: The Holy Episcopal Synod of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Church and Metropolitan retreat which started on Monday, 17th May 2010 at the Church Head Quarters Puthencruz Patriarchal Centre, concluded today Wednesday,19th May 2010.



Catholicos His Beatitude Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I presided the Holy Synod. Metropolitans  Mor Gregorios Joseph  (Synod Secretary, Kochi Diocese), Mor Ivanios Mathews  (Kandanad), Mor Athanasius Geevarghese (Simhasana Churches), Mor Dioscorus Kuriakose (Simhasana Churches), Mor Theophilose Kuriakose (Resident Metropolitan, MSOTS, Central Europe),  Mor Coorilos Geevarghese (Niranam, UK), Mor Eusebios Kuriakose (Thrissur, Mumbai), Mor Aphrem Mathews (Ankamali - High Range), Mor Theodosius Mathews (Kollam), Mor Osthatheos Pathrose (Chairman, Liturgical Commission), Mor Athanasius Elias (Assistant to Catholicos, Working President, Viswasa Samrakshana Samithy), Mor Gregorious Kuriakose (Assistant Metropolitan Knanaya Arch Diocese), Mor Chrisostomos Markose (EAE), Mor Irenios Paulose (Kozhikode, Australia), Mor Anthonios Ya'qub (Honnavar Mission), Mor Philoxenos Zacharias (Malabar), Mor Osthatheos Ishaq (Mylapore, Delhi) and Mor Barnabas Geevarghese (Spiritual Organizations) attended the Holy Synod.


Official communiqué in Malayalam

Syriac Orthodox Church In Amsterdam, Netherlands Celebrates Silver Jubilee


16 May 2010, Amsterdam, Netherlands: The Silver Jubilee celebration of the founding of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Mother of God in Amsterdam, Netherlands, was observed in a colorful and pious function held on Sunday, 16th May 2010. The jubilee ceremonies were preceded by a Holy Mass celebrated by H.E. Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, the Patriarchal Vicar for Netherlands. His Eminence Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, the archbishop of Aleppo was the chief guest. H.E  Mor Severius Hazail Soumi from Belgium was also present during the ceremonies.  Priests from home and abroad and many dignitaries of the Roman Catholic, Old Catholic and Armenian, Coptic, Anglican and MPs such as Peter Omtzigt were also present. Johan Meijer representing the Redemptorist Fathers and Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim gave a speech on the church. The choir sang beautiful songs. The ceremonies were followed by a dinner.



The history of Syriac Christians in Amsterdam starts in the year 1965 when the first migrant family from Far East reached here. It was in 1985 that the Syriacs purchased this beautiful church of Mother of God (founded under the name “Our Lady”) which was originally part of a great monastery founded by the Roman Catholic Church in 1850.  This church, established a few years later in 1854, have in it lot of colored icons and murals, and decorated with long and high glass arcades. The church for many decades was the sign of Catholic revival in Amsterdam until mid-20th century when a strong decline of religious values happened following the shrinking number of priests and churchgoers. It was at that time the migrant Syriacs purchased this church, however the nearby monastery changed hands to non-religious bodies as there was not enough money to buy both.



Though the church changed hands, the Catholic communities were also provided opportunity to conduct regular services here which actually helped for the revival of a local churchgoing community here. In 1994-97 period major restoration works were done for the preservation of this beautiful church.  During the time of its renovations, the Patriarch of Antioch & All the East, H.H. Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas, has visited this church and offered Holy Mass. This church is a monument protected under Dutch law. The Syriac Orthodox congregation here consists of around 125 families with about 500 members.





(Source of photos & news)    

Website of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Amsterdam

Opening of St. Peter's Church in Western Archdiocese


16 May 2010, East Cienega Ave., City of Covina: On Sunday, May 16th the opening of St. Peter's Church in the Western Archdiocese was a blessed and joyous day. His Eminence assisted by very Rev. Fr. Abdulahad Shara, Rev. Fr. Yusuf Kallo, Rev. Fr. Ephrem Adde, and Rev. Fr. Peter Rouboz celebrated the first Divine Liturgy along with approximately 300 faithful. It was also a special occasion, the Ascension of our Lord, and the faithful truly felt our Lord Jesus Christ's presence.

Participating into this joyous occasion, following the Liturgy, the Archdiocesan Scout Band played joyous hymns and music for the parishioners. In the social hall, everyone enjoyed a luncheon and a variety of sweets and fruits which were prepared by many faithful. His Eminence blessed the cake and thanked all those who worked hard to help establish St. Peter Church.


It was truly a special and joyous day for many who were elated with the opening of the new church, St. Peter in the Western Archdiocese.

The Divine Liturgy will be conducted every Sunday at 12:30 pm at St. Peter Church.

Address: 21329 East Cienega Ave., City of Covina

A New Church  Consecrated In The Name Of St. George At Marathahalli, Bangalore, India


15 May 2010, Marathahalli, Bangalore, India: A long awaited dream came true for the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox believers in and around Marathahalli in Bangalore city with the consecration and dedication of the St. George Church at Kundanahalli Gate, Marathahalli on Saturday, Mayh 15th.  Metropolitans Mor Dioscorus Kuriakose (Bangalore, Ireland & Simhasana churches), Mor Osthatheos Pathros (Chairman, Liturgical Commission) and Mor Osthatheos Ishaq (Mylapore, Delhi dioceses) led the holy services.  The ceremonies started in the previous evening with the hoisting of flag at the church premises by the Metropolitans.


Metropolitans Mor Dioscorus Kuriakose, Mor Osthatheos Pathrose

& Mor Osthatheos Ishaq led the consecration

On Sunday, May 16, the feast of St. George was celebrated in the new church, Mor Osthatheos Ishaq led the Holy Qurbono. This is the eight parish of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in the city.


Source: Malankara Syriac Resource

The Indian Church Delegation Led by Catholicose visits The Holy Father

14 May 2010, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: The Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I, today received His Beatitude Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, the Catholicos and the head of the Syrian Church in India, who is on a short visit to the patriarchate ahead of the annual regional Episcopal Synod to be held next week at Puthencuriz, India. The Catholicos was accompanied by His Eminence Joseph Mor Gregorios, the Malankara Episcopal Synod Secretary & the Metropolitan of Kochi diocese and His Eminence Geevarghese Mor Coorilose, the Metropolitan of Niranam & UK dioceses.  His Eminence Yeldho Mor Theethos, the Patriarchal Vicar for the Malankara Archdiocese of USA and Canada also joined the party later on.



Earlier the Indian delegation was received at the Damascus Airport by His Eminence Mathias Nayis Mor Philoxenos , the Patriarchal Assistant and Rev. Deacon Markose Abraham, the secretary to the Patriarch for the Church affairs in India. On arrival, the Catholicos was welcomed by His Holiness at the entrance of the St. Aphrem the Syrian Seminary in Ma`arat Sayyidnaya.

Source: Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate

World Conference of Religions and Culture concluded at Macedonia

May 09 2010, Macedonia: IInd World Conference on Religions and Cultures concluded at Macedonia on May 09, Sunday. The conference which started on May 06, Thursday was jointly constituted by UNESCO and Govt. of Macedonia. Metropolitan  Mor Theophilose Kuriakose represented Syriac Orthodox Church in the conference. Mor Theophilose presented a paper on pluralism, which was widely appreciated by the delegates. Hon. Prime Minister of Macedonia Nicholay Gruvensky inaugurated the conference. Hon. Minister for Culture Mrs. Elizabeth Kancheska, Head of Macedonian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Catholicose Stefan spoke on the occasion. In the conference which lasted for 3 days, 250 delegates from countries world wide participated, which includes the head of nations, ministers, church heads, bishops. Later Mor Theophilose met Prime Minister Nicholay Gruvensky and assured all the support in building a new cultural support between Macedonia and India. Metropolitan Mor Theophilose had discussions with Mrs. Elizabeth Kancheska, Hon. Minister and His Beatitude Catholicose Stefan.


Metropolitan Mor Theophilos Kuriakose with Archbishop Stephen, the Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church & the Metropolitans of the Church


Mor Theophilos Kuriakose with Hon. Prime Minister of Macedonia Mr. Nicholay Gruvensky and Hon. Minister for Culture Mrs. Elizabeth Kancheska

Source: Malankara Syriac Voice

1st Anniversary Celebrations of the St. Mary’s Syriac Orthodox Church, San Francisco Bay Area, USA


09 May 2010, San Francisco, USA: The St. Mary’s Syriac Orthodox Church in San Francisco Bay Area celebrated its 1st anniversary as the parish day and the feast of the St. George as the foundation feast (“Kallitta Perunnaal”) on May 8th and 9th, 2010.


His Eminence Thomas Mor Themotheos , Metropolitan of Kottayam diocese and Singapore & Malaysia was the chief celebrant of the Holy Tri mass. Rev. Fr. Cherian Payyanickal and Rev. Fr. Sabu Thomas were co-celebrants. Rev. Fr. Thomas Kora (vicar) assisted His Grace in the celebrations. The Holy Tri mass was followed by procession, offerings and luncheon. Earlier, on May 8th, the cultural programs held as part of the Parish Day celebrations were marvellous. Notable were a candle dance by the Women’s league members, performances by the kids, a bible story based skit, and a duet performance.



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The Holy Father Visits His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of the See of Alexandria


07 May 2010, Cairo, Egypt: His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas visited His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of Coptic Orthodox Church at Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate on May 05, Wednesday. His Holiness is on a visit to the Coptic Orthodox Church, a sister church of Holy Syriac Orthodox Church, which continues till May 07. Secretary to the Holy Episcopal Synod and Archbishop of Lebanon, Mor Theophilose George Saliba, Patriarchal Vicar for Beirut Mor Clemis Daniel and Patriarchal Assistant Mor Philoxenos Mathias Nayis accompanying His Holiness. 


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Metropolitans are blessings to the Holy Church : His Beatitude Catholicos Baselios Thomas I

05 May 2010, Manarcad, Kerala: Metropolitans are a blessings to the Holy Church, said His Beatitude Catholicos Baselios Thomas I at Morth Mariyam JSO Cathedral here on May 05, Wednesday. Holy Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church is growing all over the world with the efforts and pastoral care of all metropolitans, Baselios Thomas I said. His Beatitude inaugurated the public function held after the reception given to His Beatitude and newly ordained metropolitans of the church Their Graces Dr. Mor Clemis Kuriakose (Idukki Diocese), Mor Irenios Paulose (Kozhikode, Australia & New Zealand Dioceses), Mor Osthatheos Ishaq (Mylapore, Delhi Dioceses), Mor Philoxenos Zacharias (Malabar Diocese) and Mor Barnabas Geevarghese (Spiritual Organizations). Hon. Members of Kerala Legislative Assembly N Vasavan, K C Joseph, Very Rev. E T Kuriakose Cor Episcopus, Rev. Fr. Mathew Manavath spoke. Later His Beatitude led the Evening Prayer at the Cathedral.

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His Excellency Omar Aunhun, Turkish Ambassador to Syria

visits the Holy Father

04 May 2010, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Syria - 4 May 2010:  His Excellency Omar Aunhun, the Ambassador of Turkey in Syria visited His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas at St. Ephraim's Patriarchal Monastery here on May 04, Tuesday. His Excellency expressed his deep happiness in the role of His Holiness in the Middle Eat and the modern Syriac Orthodox Church in particular. His Excellency expressed his deep gratitude in the love and care, His Holiness showing towards Turkey too. His Holiness blessed Mr. Omar and wished him all success in his duties. Later, Mr. Omar was presented few books from the personal collection of His Holiness, which describes the history of Syriac Orthodox Church. H.E Omar was welcomed at the monastery by Patriarchal Assistant Mor Philoxenos Mathias Nayis and Mor Dionysius Yuhanon Kawaq, Director of Patriarchal Office. Mr. Omar was accompanied by the officials at the Turkish Embassy in Damascus.


Source: Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate

Syrian Christian Women of India – A rewinding of History

Hundreds of Syrian Orthodox women gathered wearing their traditional
Syrian Christian dress on women’s annual day celebrations
of the diocese of Kottayam

01 May 2010, Manarcad, Kerala: An almost waning tradition was reappearing at the annual general meeting of the Morth Mariam Samajam (Women’s organization) of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox diocese of Kottayam when all the participants came in traditional Syrian Christian dress. This is one dress that has almost disappeared from the community with the advent of new dressing patterns adopted by modern women. Except for a few elderly Syrian Christian women, these days one could rarely come across someone wearing this traditional dress and is in the process of complete extinction within a few years.

Around 500 members were part of the one day cultural programs held at the Morth Mariyam Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Christian Cathedral here. Metropolitan of Kozhikode and the Australia & New Zealand dioceses, H.E. Mor Irenios Paulose inaugurated the conference and Very Rev. Kuriakose Corepiscopa Kizhakkedath presided over.



Related News published by Malayala Manorama Daily

Mor Osthatheos Ishaq celebrated the Holy Qurbono at St. Gabriel Syriac Orthodox Church, SÖDERTÄLJE


25 April, 2010, Sweden, Stocholm: Mor Osthatheos Ishaq of Mylapore Diocese, celebrated the Holy Qurbono at St. Gabriel Syriac Orthodox Church, SÖDERTÄLJE on, 25th of April. His Grace was welcomed there by vicar, Rev. Fr. Eyup Istefan and Very Rev. Rabban George Garazani and the church members . The Syrian community in SÖDERTÄLJE attended the Holy Service. After the Holy Qurbono H.G inaugurated Sweden Syrian orthodox charity dinner at St. Mary's JSO Church, Tampa.


Source: Malankara Syriac Voice

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