Supreme head of Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church dies

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Supreme head of Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church dies

Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, the primate of the Thiruvalla headquartered Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, handed away early Sunday. He was 89.

The Metropolitan was battling most cancers for some time and was admitted to a personal hospital at Thiruvalla for just a few days. Until not too long ago he was conducting the weekly Sunday mass on the Thiruvalla church, situated about 130 km from right here.

The final rites can be held on the church headquarters on Monday at three p.m.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi supplied his condolences of the primate’s demise. “His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan was a exceptional character who served humanity and labored exhausting to enhance the lives the poor and downtrodden. He was blessed with abundance of empathy and humility. His noble beliefs will all the time be remembered. RIP,” he mentioned in a tweet.

Born close to Thiruvalla in 1931, then often known as P.T.Joseph, he was ordained as a priest in 1957 and was elevated as a bishop in 1975 and took the identify of Joseph Mar Irenaeus.

He was elevated as suffragan metropolitan (Metropolitan designate) on March 15, 1999, when Philiphose Mar Chrysostom, the suffragan metropolitan, was designated because the officiating metropolitan.

And when his superior determined to retire, on October 2 2007, he was made the supreme head of the church and took the title of Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan.

Generally known as a tricky activity grasp, the Metropolitan was a revered character not simply within the church, however within the civil society.

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