Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ceremonies held at the Mar Yohannan Mamdana Church (India) to appoint Joju Anto and Shaju Paulose as Archdeacons

Thrissur: Joju Anto, 43, and Shaju Paulose, 35, were on Friday appointed as archdeacons at a ceremony held at Mar Yohannan Mamdana Church (India). The Holy Synod of the Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East on Thursday unanimously decided to consecrate them as bishops with the Archdiocese of India. Consecration ceremonies will be held on Sunday.

The Holy Synod, attended by Catholicos Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV and prelates, continued on Friday. Metropolitans Mar Aprem (India), Mar Geevargis Sliwa (Iraq, Russia) and Mar Meelis Zaia (Australia and Newzealand); and Bishops Mar Awa Royel (Diocese of California), Mar Odisho Oraham (Diocese of Europe), Mar Aprem Natneil (Diocese-Syria), Mar Aprim Khamis (Diocese of the United States), Mar Emmanuel Yosip (Diocese of Canada) and Iskhaq Yosip (Diocese of Nohadra and Russia); are attending the Synod.

On Friday, they visited Mar Timotheus Memorial Orphanage and the Bathanya Ashram, and participated in the centenary celebrations of Mar Yohannan Mamdana Church. A reception will be accorded to the clergymen on Sunday. The Synod will continue on Monday and Tuesday.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, arrived to India to participate in the synod of the church

Thrissur: His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, the Catholicos Patriarch of the Church of the East, arrived in India on Wednesday to participate in the synod of the church.

The Patriarch and bishops from various countries were accorded a warm welcome at the Mart Marium Big Church here. Many believers attended the special prayers held at the church. The synod would begin on Thursday morning.

Three Metropolitans of the Church, Mar Aprem (India), Mar Gewargis Sliwa (Iraq, Russia) and Mar Meelis Zaia (Australia and New Zealand), would attend the synod. Bishops from Europe, Syria, the U.S., Canada and Russia would also participate.

Consecration of two new bishops, Fr. Joju Anto and Fr. Shaju Paulose, would be the main agenda of the synod. Consecration of the bishops-designate as archdeacons would be held at a ceremony led by Archbishop Mar Aprem on Friday.

The Patriarch and other bishops were received at the Cochin international airport by Archbishop Mar Aprem, Trusty Board chairman K. A. Johny and P.C. Chacko MP. The synod would conclude on January 19.