Catholicose embarks on 3-day maiden visit to Sultanate of Oman from March 17
Hectic schedule awaits Supreme Head of Malankara Orthodox in Muscat
MUSCAT : Moran Mar Baselious Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan, begins his maiden visit to the Sultanate of Oman from March 17 to 19, 2011.
This will be the first visit of the Supreme head of Malankara Orthodox to the Sultanate Oman after his ordination as Catholicose on November 1, 2010. HG Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, is already in Muscat as per protocol and to prepare the ground for this important visit.
At the public meeting in the evening, HE Mr Anil Wadhwa, Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate, will be the chief guest along with other officials.
A galaxy of dignitaries from Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (MOSC) will accompany the Catholicos during the visit.
They include Fr Dr Johns Abraham Konattu (Priest-Trustee, MOSC), M G George Muthoott (Lay Trustee, MOSC) and Dr George Joseph (Association Secretary, MOSC).
On March 19, 2011, the Catholicos along with Dr Mar Yulios will leave for Salalah, about 1,200 kms south of Muscat.
His Holiness returns back to Muscat on Sunday and departs for Kerala the same morning.
The Pontiff’s main programme schedule is as follows:
March 17 (Thursday):
09.15 am: Arrival at Muscat International Airport from Kochi by Oman Air
09.45 am: Traditional welcome (Varavelpu) at PCO Church compound
011 am: Press conference with local media at the MGOC parsonage
06.30: Evening Prayers
07.30 pm: Public meeting at St Thomas Church
March 18 (Friday):
06.50 am: Chief celebrant at the Holy Qurbana
09.30 am: Handing over of house keys for the Thanal Housing Project and CD release of MGOC Muscat Directory 2010
10.30 am: Meeting with Sunday School and later with combined meet of MGOCYM, and Martha Maria Samajam
08.00 pm: Combined Area Prayer Meeting
March 19 (Saturday):
03.00 pm: Arrival at Salalah International Airport by Oman Air
06.30 pm: Traditional welcome at St Stephen’s Orthodox Church, Salalah
07.00 pm: Chief celebrant at the Holy Qurbana
10.00 pm: Felicitation to HH Catholicos, Diocese Metropolitan Dr Mar Yulios and others
Halt at Salalah
March 20 (Sunday)
05. 15 am: Departs Salalah for Muscat by Oman Air
07.00 am Arrival at Muscat International Airport
11.25 am: Returns to Kochi by Jet Airways