PATHANAMTHITTA: H. H. Baselius Marthoma Didimus I, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan (Catholica Bava) exhorted members of the church to work for bringing back unity. He was delivering the Late Catholica Bava memorial lecture on the day of mid lent at the Central Travancore (Madhya Tiruvithaamcoor) Orthodox Convention held here. H. H. added, “The reason for disunity in society is selfishness of people. Where there is prayer with faith, there is peace. Love and unity will be there only where there is peace. For this you need to acquire penance and knowledge. Do not sleep any night without reading the Holy Scriptures. If your faith has met with any damage, it has to be repaired. Hear the speeches at the convention and practice what you hear in your daily life.
‘The Late Catholicos could cultivate the love for Church and sacrifice in our believers. That is the reason why all of us stood united even in the days of crisis. He had a multifaceted personality and shone brilliantly in the social, cultural and educational fields of Kerala. The late Bava was able to conquer old age and continue his work. He was thus able to adore the top position with all top leaders of world religions.”, H. H. concluded.
His Grace Philipose Mar Yausebias, who presided, advised to lead life knowing God more closely. “Only if the family gets better, the society will be better. Only if the Society is better, the nation will be better.”, H. G. added.
The activities of the Christian should be with social commitment, opined H. G. Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios, Metropolitan for Europe and Canada. Dr. Marxis (U. S. A.), Fr. Joseph Samuel, Karukayil, Fr. Varghese Varghese and others spoke. The next morning a retreat was led by Fr. Titus John, followed by Holy Qurbana and the chief celebrant was H. G. Philipose Mar Yausebias. A prayer meeting in the afternoon was addressed by Fr. Dr. John Panicker. An anti alcoholic meeting was held in the evening. H. G. Philipose Mar Yausebias presided and Dr. Syriac Thomas, former Vice Chancellor, M. G. University, was the main speaker.