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Catholicos of the East Calls On the Prime Minister of India

NEW DELHI: Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II called on the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh. The audience took place at as a special event at the Prime Minister’s office at 11.00 am on Monday, March 14, 2011.

The Pontiff informed the media personnel waiting to know the details that the meeting was purely a friendly visit. The Catholicos also informed the Prime Minister that the Church was avowed to work for the well being of poor of the society and will support any initiative towards the betterment and development of the nation at large.

The appointment of Pontiff with the Prime Minister evoked a high media interest with spreading assumptions that the Malankara Church wants to enter into active politics.

“The Church did not meet with any one begging seats to compete in local elections. However, competent authorities are made aware of the alarming ignorance towards Malankra Church”, informed the Malankara Metropolitan clearing clouds over the alleged entrance of Malankara Church into active politics. The Pontiff also made it clear that the Church would not work for any political party.

Dr. Yuhanon Mar Dimetrios, Assistant Metropolitan of Diocese of Delhi, Fr. M.S. Scaria Ramban, the Diocesan Secretary, Fr. M.C. Paulose, Fr. Shaji Mathews, Mr. M.G. George Muthoott, the Lay Trustee, George Zachariah, Managing Committee Member and Secretary to the Holiness accompanied the Pontiff in the meeting.

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