KOTTAYAM: The Supreme Head of the Church of Malankara His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Didymos I said he was praying for peace not only to the church and for believers, but to the entire nation. Talking to newspersons after assuming the highest position of the church of Malankara at the church headquarters at Devalokam, His Holiness said his desire to establish peace with the patriarch faction is his primary concern. He is ready to start peace talks based on the constitution of the church with the Patriarch faction, if they take the initiative.
“We were keeping our doors wide open, now it is for them to take a decision,” His Holiness was answering to a question to the media persons.
Referring on a media report of an alleged ultimatum given by the Catholicos Baselios Thomas I, head of the Patriarch faction, that they would take possession of the churches under dispute if the government did not take steps to re-open them, he declined. ”Violence is not the path of the Orthodox church. The government should take steps to reopen the churches under dispute on the basis of the court verdict,” His Holiness said.
His Holiness the Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Didymos I was enthroned as supreme head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian church on October 31 following the abdication of the throne by Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II due to ill health and old age.
His Holiness also expressed his gratitude to the authorities of the Gulf countries for giving permission for establishing churches in their country. His Holiness also said that the possibility of convening a meeting of the Malankara Association will be discussed with the necessary committees to elect a designate Catholicos, since there is no constitutional provision for that position.
Metropolitan Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios and Sabha Secretary Dr. Alexander Karakkal was also with His Holiness to attend the press conference. Many dignitaries also visited His Holiness at his head quarters Devalokam Aramana.