PATHANAPURAM: As it is with spiritual matters the Orthodox Church is capable of imparting leadership in religious harmony and the Church leadership, therefore, has the responsibility to react against evil in the society as well, said the Leader of Opposition, Kerala Legislative Assembly, Oommen Chandy. He was inaugurating the valedictory of the month long Nientieth birthday celebrations of the Catholicos Emeritus Baselios Marthoma Didymus I at Pathanapuram.
“Said in historical sense too the Catholicos Emeritus has contributed heavily to the Church as well as to the society during his five year long reigning period”, he added.
Dr. Jacob Mar Iraneous, Metropolitan of Kochi and a member of Mount Tabor Monastery, Pathanapuram, where the Catholicos Emiritus is also a member, presided over the meeting.
This was also an occasion for the Pathanapuram Community to officially accord reception to the newly installed Catholicos of the East Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Sanskrit University Dr. K.S. Radhakrishnan made the Eulogy upon Metropolitan Thoma Mar Dionysius, former Metropolitan of Niranam and member of the Mount Tabor Monastery.
Senior Metropolitan of Marthoma Church Philipos Mar Chrisostom distributed Medical Aid Fund and Educational Aid Fund.
A book basing upon selected writings of Catholicos Emeritus, namely, ‘Oru Mahrshi Samsarikkunnu’ (A Hermit Speaks), written by Paul Manalil was released in the meeting.
Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Metropolitan Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius, Dr. Alexander Karackal, K.B. Ganesh Kumar MLA, Church Secretary Dr. George Joseph, Fatima Khan, Fr. K.A. Abraham, and Fr. Sleeba K. Abraham spoke on the occasion.