KOTTAYAM: The Holy Episcopal Synod decided to observe October, November and December as months of anti-alcohol awareness drive in order to combat the wrong tendency in the society, namely alcohol abuse. The Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselius Marthoma Didymus I presided over the Holy Episcopal Synod.
The Church will insist and motivate the society to celebrate Christmas and New Year devoid of alcohol and this initiative is part of the anti-alcohol awareness drive. Documentaries describing the dangers of alcohol addiction, distribution of pamphlets and handouts, seminars on alcohol addiction centering schools, colleges, and parishes, counseling, and essay competition etc. are the activities planned for the anti-alcohol awareness drive.
Pre-marital counseling will be strictly implemented in all parishes and the Ministry of Human Empowerment will hold the charge and leadership for this program.
The Holy Episcopal Synod condoled upon the demise of Padmabhooshan K.M. Mathew, Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama, who served the Church in capacities like member of Managing Committee and Working Committee.
A committee is formed to plan and formulate policies of the Church on social services and the Catholicos appointed Metropolitan Youhanon Mar Milithos as its chairman. Dr. Yacob Mar Ireneus and Dr. Youhanon Mar Chrisostomos will be members of this committee.
A committee is formed to propose subjects for an annual plan for study and meditation and Dr. Youhanon Mar Dioscoros will be the chairman thereto.
Holy Synod approved the proposals to found a museum at Parumala and the development of St. Gregorios Hospital, Parumala.
Catholicos Elect Matropolitan Paulose Mar Milithios presented the report on division of dioceses and the Holy Episcopal Synod Secretary Metropolitan Dr. Mathews Mar Serverios read out the minutes.
Metropolitans Pulikkottil Dr. Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Dr. Youhanon Mar Theodoros and Yacob Mar Elias led meditations on various days.