KOLENCHERY: The Dioceses of Ahmedabad and Bengaluru have extended their whole-hearted support to the fast undertaken by Catholicose of the East, HH Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulos II at Kolenchery.
Tension has been prevailing in Kolencherry since Catholicos Baelious Mar Thoma Paulose II, who heads the Orthodox faction went on an indefinite fast since Sunday evening, demanding execution of the court order which allows the faction to have the ownership of the two churches.
Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios and Advocate Mathai Mampallil representing Ahmedabad Diocese and Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim and Fr John Peter representing Bengaluru Diocese garlanded the Catholicose and expressed their solidarity with the Catholicos.
All the parishes in both the dioceses of Ahmedabad and Bengaluru held seperate meetings after the Holy Eucharist on Wednesday and expressed their support to the fast-strike.
Both Dr Mar Yulios and Dr Mar Seraphim are camping at Kolenchery Church and have requested their respective faithful members to rush to the spot at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Dr Mar Seraphim will not be available for the one-day conference of OCYM & MGOCSM of Bengaluru Diocese on September 17 due to the prevailing crisis. Dr Yuhanon Mar Demetrius, Assistant Metropolitan, Delhi Diocese, will lead the conference in the absence of Dr Mar Seraphim.