THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHRUCH: HISTORICAL OVERVIEW Minimize
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On the request of His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, the German Bishops Conference appointed a Chaplain for the Syro-Malankara Catholic faithful in Germany on August 22, 2007.

The 77th  Reunion Day celebrations, the Platinum Jubliee of the reconstitution of the Hierarchy of the Malankara Church in Catholic Communion and the Golden Jubliee of the Immigration of the Malankarites to Malabar were celebrated at Kodencherry in the Eparchy of Bathery from 19 to 21 September 2007.

The 125th birth anniversary of the Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios was celebrated on Sunday, 23 September 2007, at his birth place, Puthiyakavu, in the Eparchy of Mavelikara.

As per the decision of the Sixth Holy Episcopal Synod convoked from 16 to 17 July, 2008, His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos in the presence of other Bishops announced the decision of the respective Eparchial Bishops to bestow the title Bar Itho Kasiro (the Diligent Son of the Church) on 13 lay men and Barz Itho Kasirtho (the Diligent Daughter of the Church) on 8 lay women for their meritorious service in the life and mission of the Church, on 21 September, 2008.

The Silver Jubliee of the establishment of the Malankara Major Semiary was celebrated from 29 June 2007 to 29 June 2008. His Eminenece Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church was the chief guest.

In accordanc with the decision of the fifth Ordinary Holy Episcopal Synod held on 9 to 12 October 2007 the Ordinary Tribunal of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church was erected by the Major Archbishop-Catholicos on 15 November 2007.

The Major Archbishop-Catholicos appointed a few priests for the pastoral care of the Syro-Malankara Catholic faithful in ETR outside India. And at present the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church has resident priests for the pastoral care of its faithful in Muscat (2008), Kuwait (2009), Saudi Arabia (2009) and England (2009). The newly built Church in Doha (Qatar), the first Syro-Malankara Catholic parish Church in the Gulf Region, was blessed by the Major Archbishop-Catholicos on April 17, 2009.

As per the election of the Holy Episcopal Synod and with the assent of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, the Major Archbishop-Catholicos appointed Most Rev. Abraham Mar Julios as the Bishop of Muvattupuzha on 18 January 2008. He was ordained and installed Eparchial Bishop at the St. Joseph's Cathedral, Muvattupuzha on 9 February 2008 by His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos.

The foundation stone of the Catholicate Center (Major Archiepiscopal Curia) was laid by Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, the Major Archbishop Catholicos on 18 January 2008 which was blessed by His Eminence Ignace Cardinal Mausa Daoud, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches on 15 May 2005.

His Eminence Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches was received by the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church at St. Mary's Cathedral, Pattom on November 2008. At the request of His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, the Holy See raised St. Mary, Queen of Peace Church, Palayam, Trivandrum, the first parish church of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and the pro-catherdral of the Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum, to the status of a Basilica on 10 November 2008. It was officially announced by His Eminence Cardinal Sandri.

From 20 to 26 September 2009, His Beatitude Moran Mor Ignace Yousuf III Younan, the Patriarch of the Syrian Catholic of Antioch, Baghdad Archbishop Mattishaba Matoka and Ninave Archbishop George Qas Moussa and delegates from the same church visited the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.

The 79th anniversary of the Re-union event and the Platinum Jubliee Celebrations of the inception of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the district of Kanyakumari of Tamil Nadu State were celebrated as "Malankara Thirusabhai Sangamam", at Mariagiri in the Eparchy of Marthandom from 19 to 21 September 2009. The Patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church of Antioch was the Chief Guest.

The silver Jubilee of the establishment of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Mission in North America was celebrated under the leadership of His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thomas, Apostolic Visitor of North America and Europe during the Malankara Catholic Convention in Dallas on August 6-9, 2009. The Major Archbishop-Catholicos Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis and all the members of Syro-Malanakara Catholic Hierarchy and Bishops from the American Chruch participated in the functions.

On 25 January 2010, as per the decision of the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, and having consulted the Apostolic See of Rome, His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Major Archbishop-Catholicos, erected the Eparchy of Pathanamthitta bifurcating the Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum and the Eparchy of Puttur bifurcating the Eparchy of Bathery. The territory of the Eparchy of Pathanamthitta consists of four ecclesiastical districts-Pathanamthitta, Konni, Ranni-Perunadu, Pandalam and the parishes of Anandapally, Angadickal, Chandanapally, Pongaldy and Thatta of the eccelsiatical district of Adoor. The territory of the Eparchy of Putur consists of the civil districts of Dakshina Kannada, Chamarajnagar, Chickmanglur, Hassan, Kodagu, Mandya, Mysore, Shimoga and Udupi of Karnataka State.

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