Syro-Malabar Church Synod begins

The synod will end on September 1

By: Smitha George

Kochi:  The second session of the 25th Synod of bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church began on Aug 21 at the Church headquarters at Mount St Thomas in Kakkanad, Kochi.

49 bishops of  the Syro-Malabar Church are  participating in the Synod, which is presided by head of Syro Malabar Catholic Church, Cardinal George Alencherry.

The Synod was officially inaugurated with the lamp lighting ceremony by Cardinal Alencherry. Bishop  Anthony  of  Sagar Diocese led the inaugural retreat in the morning.

Cardinal Alencherry called on the prelates to prepare themselves with a prayerful mind to face the social, cultural and spiritual challenges of the modern world. Along with a meaningful spiritual life, he said that the Church had a responsibility to have a social commitment and an active involvement in matters of public interest.

Cardinal Alencherry lights the lamp at the inaugral ceremony

The Synod paid tribute to Kuriakose Kunnassery first Syro Malabar archbishop of the Kottayam Archdiocese who passed away on June 21. Cardinal Alencherry said that by his demise the Church had lost a true hero. Tributes were also paid to Joseph Manniparambil, long-term president of the Catholic Congress who passed away recently.

Bishop Jacob Manathodath of Palghat diocese and Bishop Simon Stock Palathara of Jagdalpur  diocese who are celebrating their silver jubilee of Episcopal ordination were felicitated on the inaugural day of the Synod.

A reception will be given to Philipose Mar Chrysostom , Metropolitan Bishop of Mar Thoma Syrian Church who is celebrating his birth centenary.

The prelates will also attend the inaugural ceremony of the Canon Law faculty at Vadavathur seminary in Kottayam on Aug 27.

The Synod will discuss matters of the Church and related social issues. The attending bishops will also meet superiors of different Catholic religious congregations to discuss different aspects of religious life.

The Synod will end on September 1.


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  1. The minority Christian community of India, especially the majority Catholic Church having close to 20 million believers has to think differently based on the surroundings in which we are now faced with, thus shifting from the age of traditional format of expanding the Church empire to a new outlook and totally different purpose.

    “Religion ( What the Bishop of Jerusalem said in the foremost book of the New Testament, that Religion meant Church) that GOD our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” James 1:27.

    Apostle James wrote this to the oppressed and tormented Church of the first century under the ruthless Roman empire. When India got Independence, thank GOD for putting a very broad-minded Pundit Nehru as the Prime Minister, who in reality greatly appreciated the educational-social and healthcare services of the Christians in India. When Mother Teresa met him in 1956, he gave her free pass in the Indian Railway. When Srimathi Indira Gandhi met Mother Teresa after an accident in Darjeeling, Mother Teresa made a request to Srimathi Indira Gandhi’s help to travel in the Indian Airlines free of charge, thus to work as an air hostess whenever she was flying. Srimathi Indira Gandhi smiled and within days sent her a free pass in the Indian Airlines.

    But, now we have a ministry at New Delhi terminated the funding of thousands of charity NGOs in India, mainly the Christian, throwing thousands of young and old to hunger and tears.

    The Church of India is now faced with an identical trial time like the first century Church under the RSS rule of India. The Christian Churches of Germany adopted an harmonious attitude towards the anti-Jewish and Christian Hitler; thus paid a very terrible price. Under the RSS rule, the attacks against the Churches will be increasing, thus they will enforce the oppressed Church to be amicable with the Government. If we adopt what Apostle James has told us to do, nobody can terrorize the Church in India; the Church will be expanding rapidly with believers.

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