KOTTAYAM: If at all ecumenism needs to be practical, relationship between Churches has to become stronger, said the Supreme Head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Aram I. Ecumenical Movement can face the challenges of 21st Century only if relations between Churches get deeper, added the Catholicos, who is also the Moderator of World Council of Churches.
Delivering key note address at the Ecumenical Meeting held at Old Seminary, Kottayam under the auspiciousness of Kerala Council of Churches, Catholicos Aram I stressed that India has always been multicultural and multireligious and the harmony of this Indian society is seen by the world nations as an adaptable model.
“Contributions by Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios and Dr. M.M. Thomas, whom Kerala has given birth, are looked upon by the World Ecumenical Movement with utmost admiration”, remembered the Armenian Catholicos.
Catholicos Elect of the Malankara Orthodox Church Paulos Mar Milithios presided over the function. Metropolitan of Marthoma Church Zacharias Mar Theophilos inaugurated the meeting.
Metropolitans from the Malankara Syrian Church Thomas Mar Thimotheos and Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Bishop of Central Kerala Diocese of the CSI Church Thomas Samuel, Secretary of Kerala Council of Churches Prof. Philip Ninan, and Principal of Orthodox Theological Seminary Dr. K. M. George spoke on the occasion.
Metropolitans from the Malankara Church and students of Orthodox Theological Seminary have attended the meeting. Metropolitan of Thiruvananthapuram Diocese Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios welcomed the gathering.