ABU DHABI: HH the Catholicos Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the Supreme Head of Malankara Indian Orthodox Church, along with a delegation on their visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, was received by Yusuf Al Obaidli, Director of the Centre on April 26, 2012.
During the meeting, Al Obaidli stressed that the UAE under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan promotes the values of tolerance, understanding and dialogue in continuation of the wise policy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
HH Catholicos praised the policy of the UAE in the field of respecting people of other religions and allowing them to practice their faith in an atmosphere of security and respect, pointing out that there are many similarities between the religions, especially between Islam and Christianity.
HH added that the climate of tolerance, witnessed by the UAE, offers a global model of civilized co-existence between diverse cultures and religions.
This visit aims at familiarizing with the aesthetics of the Islamic architecture in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which stands as an splendorous edifice in the UAE and the region.
HH the Catholicos is on short visit to St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Abu Dhabi to take part in the centenary celebrations of the re-establishment of Catholicate in India
Today, a civic reception will be held to honour the church supreme head at National Theatre Abu Dhabi, said Rev Jose Chemmanam, Vicar of St George Orthodox Cathedral, Abu Dhabi. The Catholicate centenary celebration is coordinated by a committee including Rev Cherian Jacob, assistant vicar; KK Stephen, trustee and KE Thomas, secretary