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Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil passed away

01 April 2011, Kochi, Kerala: Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil (84), Major Archbishop of Syro Malabar Church passed away at Lisie Hospital, here at 02.00 PM due to cardiac arrest. Cardinal Varkey Vithaythil faced a major cardiac illness while celebrating Holy Qurbono at Aramana Chapel at Mount St. Thomas, the Head Quarters of Syro Malabar Church. His mortal remains will be kept at Little Flower Hospital, Ankamali. The funeral will be held probably on April 10, Sunday, at St. Mary's Basalica, Ernakulam, as the Bishops of Syro Malabar Church are in Vatican to meet His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. His Beatitude Cardinal was the Archbishop of Ernakulam - Ankamali Archdiocese of Syro Malabar Church, and former chairman of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI). Bishop of Curia, Dr. Bosco Puthoor is appointed temporarily as the Apostolic Administrator of the church by His Holiness Pope.

His Beatitude Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I condoled. "Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil was a good shepherd who cared the poor and needy in the society and always showed brotherly love towards Holy Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church", remembered His Beatitude Catholicos. Shri A K Antony, Hon. Union Minister for defense, Shri V S Achuthanandan, Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Oommen Chandy, Hon. Opposition Leader, Shri S Sharma, Hon. Minister for fisheries and Registration, Shri Prakash Karat, General Secretary, CPI(M), Smt. Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan State General Secretary of CPI(M), Shri C K Chandrappan, State General Secretary of CPI, Shri Panakkad Haidarali Shihab Thangal, President of Muslim League, His Beatitude Catholicose Dr. Baselios Clemis of Syro Malankara Church, Mor Gregorios Joseph, Secretary of Holy Episcopal Synod of Jacobite Syrian Church, Mor Theophilose Kuriakose, Chairman - Ecumenical Relations & Member - Pro Oriente and others condoled.

Shri Prakash Karat, Shri S Sharma, Shri K P Dhanapalan MP, Shri Domanic Presentation, Dr. Sebastian Paul, Shri Jose Thettayil, Hon. Minister for Transportation paid last tribute at Lisie Hospital. Catholicose and metropolitans of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church will pay tribute to Cardinal today at Little Flower Hospital, Ankamali.


His Holiness with Late Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil


Condolence message of Jacobite Syrian Christian Church

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