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Our Church Should Launch Joseph M Puthuserry as an Independent Candidate in Thiruvalla

Our Church should launch Joseph M Puthuserry as an Independent Candidate in Thiruvalla
Time to Reconstitute Orthodox Congress

It is evident, UDF did injustice to our Church, the second largest Christian body of voters in Kerala, and it is visibly clear in denying Thiruvalla constituency seat to Joseph M Puthuserry, the sitting MLA of Kalooppara. In the present assembly, we had two members, Oommen Chandy (Congress) from Puthupaaly and Joseph M Puthuserry (Kerela Congress M) from Kalloopara. Traditionally both Thiruvalla and Kalloopara, belonged to Orthodox Church Candidates. During early days late Mr. P.C.Thomas, who was a member of our Paliakara Church, was the representative of Thiruvalla constituency for many years. After him, Mammen Mathai and Mathew T Thomas represented Thiruvalla, both from the Marthoma Church.

Joseph M. Puthussery is a prominent young political leader from Kalluppara St. Mary’s Orthodox Church. He was also elected three times as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A) from the Kallooppara constituency in the year 1991, 2001 and 2006. He is the sitting M.L.A of the Kalloopara constituency and is a member of the Kerala Congress (M) group.

But in the case of Kalloopara, it completely belonged to Orthodox Church Candidates, at least for the last 30 years though. T.S.John and Joseph M Puthuserry (both are from Kaloopara Parish) represented Kallopara. However, due to the recent constituency resettlement, Kalloopara vanished away and became part of history. Now a lion part of former Kalloopara constituency has been attached to Thiruvalla. LDF offered the seat to the sitting MLA Mathew T Thomas, who is a member of Marthoma Church, whereas UDF denies seat to Joseph M Puthuserry, the beloved son of our Church. In fact, he deserves the Thiruvalla seat, which the UDF allottes to Victor Thomas, a member of Marthoma Church. This we cannot accept, because in both Thiruvalla-Kalloopara area, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church has many Parishes and has a majority of voters in comparison to Marthoma Church. To substatnitate this, let the numbers talk: Orthodox Church has two main ancient Churches in this Constituency, namely, Palliakara Church and Kalloopara Valliapally and have more than 85 parishes in this area. Marthoma Church is playing power politics and in the recent years both UDF and LDF chooses candidates only from the Marthoma Church. Their plus point is that their headquarters is situated in Thiruvalla.

Clearly, it is time for us to change our political policy. If not, we cannot expect more than one member (Oommen Chandy from Puthupally) in the coming Kerala assembly. So we have to put pressure on both fronts. If we are not getting favor from these two fronts we have to launch independent candidates in at least 10 constituencies. Although our candidates may not win everywhere, we can exhibit our strength in these areas. But I think, in Thiruvalla we can win. Joseph M Puthuserry has a good reputation in this area, and in addition, Thiruvalla is the headquarters of the Niranam Diocese. If H.G.Christostomos Thirumeni and our all priests from Niranam and all our beloved Church members put their hands together and are united for this right cause and extend their support to Puthuserry he will surely win.

It is time to reconstitute Orthodox Congress, a movement of the eighties. Church should allow her members to actively participate in politics with explicit support and should stand as a mouth for the powerless. This kind of advocacy will improve the confidence of our people and it will be ultimately a benefit for our Church. Joseph M Puthuserry should courageously and confidently launch an independent candidacy in Thiruvalla. Our Church should extend our whole heated support and shower her abundant blessings upon her beloved son. Puthuseery, go ahead. You will have the support of your Mother Church. May the God bless you!

Fr. Thomas Philipose
A voter of Thiruvalla

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Dr Mar Yulios begins episcopal visit to Salalah


SALALAH : Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, begins a four-day episcopal visit to the coastal city of Salalah (1,200 kms south of Muscat) from March 24.

The Metropolitan will lead the Holy Eucharist at the St Stephens Orthodox Church, Salalah on Friday March 25 morning.

During his stay, Dr Mar Yulios will also lead the area prayer group meetings and undertake house visits to pray for the sick and the needy.

The Salalah schedule is:
March 24 (Thu): Arrival in Salalah
Evening Prayers
Annual celebrations of Sunday School students
March 25 (Fri): Leads Holy Eucharist at St Stephens Orthodox Church
10.30 am General Body of the church under the agenda:
Parsonage reconstruction, website for church and other matters
Send off for Rev Fr Saju Padachira, Vicar, St Stephens Church.

March 26 (Sat): House visit in Salalah area (1st Day)
March 27 (Sun): House visists continue (2nd Day)
March 28 (Mon): Early morning arrival in Muscat
This will be the Metropolitan’s second visit to Salalah within a week.

Last week, the Metropolitan had accompanied Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselious Marthoma Paulose II as per protocol on his visit to Salalah.

Orthodox churches in the Sultanate of Oman come under the Ahmedabad Diocese.

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Dr Mar Seraphim: B’lore reception, Sunthronito to prove Orthodox ‘mighty’ presence


BANGALORE : Preparations for the public reception of His Holiness the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II and the Enthronement ceremony are all complete.

March 27, Sunday, will be special day for the newly-created Bangalore Diocese. Its new and youngest bishop, Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim will be enthroned as the head of the diocese through the Sunthronito ceremony by the Catholiocose at 11 am. The Holy Eucharist will be led by the HH Catholicos from 9 am at the St Gregorios Orthodox Cathedral, Hosur Road.

Geevarghese Mar Coorilose (Metropolitan Mumbai Diocese), Dr Yuhanon Mar Theovodorus (Metropolitan Kottarakkara, Punaloor), Dr Zachariah Mar Aprem (Metropolitan Adoor-Kadampanaadu Diocese), will also bless the occasion with their presence.

Dr Mar Seraphim says, “this is an opportunity for us to tell the local leaders who we are and what are we doing here.”

“We have been here (in Bangalore) for the last 67 years and we are not known to many of the local people. So we do our best to publicise the programme in a big way,” points out Dr Mar Seraphim.

As a precursor to the ceremony, a press conference will be addressed by Dr Mar Seraphim on March 24.

The briefing will mainly focus about the Catholicos visit, Sunthronito ceremony, the spread of Bangalore Diocese and its future plans and activities.

March 26, Saturday, will see the maiden visit of the Supreme Head of the Indian Orthodox Church and a public reception for His Holiness at the Campus Crusade for Christ Auditorium.

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Bangalore Diocese to Felicitate Catholicos of the East


BANGALORE: Bangalore Diocese is organizing a public meeting to felicitate newly installed Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.

The meeting is to take place on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Campus Crusade for Christ Auditorium, Lingarajapuram Main Road at 5.30 pm.

Chief Minister of Karnataka Dr. B. S. Yediyurappa will be the Chief Guest. Prof. K. V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution, and R. Ashok, Home Minister of Karnataka are also to attend the meeting. Heads of other Christian Churches and local dignitaries will speak on the occasion.

This is the first time that the Pontiff is officially visiting Bangalore after having assumed charge as the Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim is spearheading the young Diocese as Metropolitan.

Audio Report by Fr.Mani.K.Varghese

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Oman media meets His Holiness the Catholicose


MUSCAT: Moran Mar Baselious Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan, met with the local media persons during his recent visit to the Sultanate of Oman.

Immediately after addressing the press conference, His Holiness met with the press personnel and exchanged pleasantries at the MGOC parsonage.

The Supreme Head personally enquired their affairs and the organisation where they worked.

Kabeer Yousuf, Reporter, Oman Daily Observer presented a copy of his Malayalam book on His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.

Others in the delegation included Liju Cherian, P M Jabir (Kairali), Binu P P (Asianet), Anupama (Oman Tribune) and Joseph Varghese (Biju Parumala).

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HH Catholicose: Oman visit leaves ‘lasting impression’


MUSCAT: Moran Mar Baselious Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan bid good bye to the Sultanate of Oman after a successful three-day visit as host of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church (MGOC).

In a short parting message to MGOC members gathered at the chapel, the Catholicose said: “The visit really created a deep bond of friendship akin to a father-son relationship. This bond and co-operation extended has made such an ‘imprint’ similar to years of friendship. I seek the help and prayers towards discharging my duties,” said the Supreme Head.

His Holiness also said the presence of Malankara Orthodox trinity — Fr Dr Johns Abraham Konattu (Priest-Trustee, MOSC), M G George Muthoot (Lay Trustee, MOSC) and Dr George Joseph (Malankara Association Secretary) also helped make the visit hugely successful.

MGOC Secretary John Thomas (Santhosh) thanked the Catholicos for his visit and wished good health for His Holiness and requested to convey regards to Moran Mar Baselious Marthoma Didymus I.

Cries of Jai, Jai Catholicose rent the air as His Holiness stepped out of the parsonage on way to Muscat International Airport.

Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, Fr James Geevarghese, Vicar, MGOC and managing committee members accompanied the Catholicos. The Catholicos left by the 11.30 am Jet Airways flight for Kochi.

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St Stephens Church in Salalah Honours HH Catholicos


SALALAH: Moran Mar Baselious Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan and Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, were felicitated at a public reception at the St Stephens Church in Salalah on March 19.

Immediately upon arrival at the Salalah International Airport, the Holy Shepherd was taken to the church in a grand procession.

The Holy Qurbana was led by the Catholicos which was followed by the public meeting and reception for HH Catholicos and Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Ahmedabad Diocesan Metropolitan.

Dignitaries who accompanied the Supreme Head from Muscat include Fr James Geevarghese, Vicar, MGOC, Fr Dr Johns Abraham Konattu (Priest-Trustee, MOSC), M G George Muthoot (Lay Trustee, MOSC), Dr George Joseph (Malankara Association Secretary) and Deacon Jis Johnson, Secretary to His Holiness.

At the public reception, Fr Saju Padachira, Vicar, St Stephens Church delivered the welcome address, while the acceptance address by the Catholicos.

Mementos were also presented to the Catholicos and for the Diocesan Metropolitan Dr Mar Yulios.
Biju R David, Trustee, proposed the vote of thanks.

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Catholicose to be felicitated in Salalah by St Stephens Church today


MUSCAT: Moran Mar Baselious Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan and Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, flew to the coastal city of Salalah (1,200 kms south of Muscat) today.

The Catholicose will be felicitated by St Stephens Orthodox Church, Salalah in the evening followed by the Holy Eucharist.

Dignitaries accompanying the Supreme Head include Fr James Geevarghese, Vicar, MGOC, Fr Dr Johns Abraham Konattu (Priest-Trustee, MOSC), M G George Muthoot (Lay Trustee, MOSC), Dr George Joseph (Malankara Association Secretary) and Deacon Jis Johnson, Secretary to His Holiness.

The schedule in Salalah is: March 19

06.45 pm: Arrival at Salalah International Airport
07.00 pm: Welcome from Christian Centre (Varavelpu)
07.30 pm: Evening Prayers followed by Holy Qurbana
10.00 pm: Public meeting and reception for HH Catholicos and Ahmedabad Diocesan Metropolitan
11.00 pm: Dinner

The Catholicose returns to Muscat on Sunday morning (March 20) at 7.15 am and will leaves for Kochi at 11.25 am by by Jet Airways.

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Catholicose to kids: Think good about others and they will think good about you


MUSCAT: Moran Mar Baselious Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan received a warm reception by Sunday School Students of MGOC Muscat on March 17, Friday morning after the Holy Qurbana.

The speech was a real inspiration for the hundreds of kids gathered in the parsonage.

The Supreme Head was welcomed by Mary Varghese (Head-Mistress) and Dr T K Philip (Sunday School Inspector).

The teachers of the Sunday School gave His Holiness a warm welcome. Chants of Jai, Jai Catholicose rent the air when the Catholicose entered the hall.

The Holy Father in his speech in English spoke about Jesus feeding 5,000 men. He stressed on the sincere qualities of children and those with good behaviour are loved by God. “If we read the Holy Bible we can get examples of the importance of children. “Always think good about others and they will think good about you, ” His Holiness pointed out.

Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios and M G George Muthoot (Lay Trustee, MOSC) also addressed the students.

By Ricky Cherian, Class VIII, MGOC Muscat Sunday Schoool student

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Catholicose presents a picture of humbleness; lauds missionary work of MGOC Muscat

Catholicose presents a picture of humbleness; lauds missionary work of MGOC Muscat
Dr Mar Yulios: Presence of His Holiness means presence of Jesus Christ

MUSCAT: Moran Mar Baselious Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan has praised the missionary zeal of the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church (MGOC) Muscat which formerly under the Calcutta Diocese had done yeoman service for the upliftment of the downtrodden.

The Catholicose was replying to felicitations (Anugraha Prabhashnam) at his reception held at Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church Muscat on March 19.

The Supreme Head was humble personified in his speech saying that he was wary of too many praises going over his head since he was attending a number of episcopal visits and receptions after his enthronement. His Holiness was nostalgic about the words of wisdom from his late guru and visionary Dr Paulos Mar Gregorios.
The Catholicos also praised the hard working expats in the Arabian Gulf who toil hard and to pray that better times were ahead of them. “The large crowd who gathered to listen to me shows your love for Malankara Orthodox and not for me,” he said.

Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, in his presidential address, said the presence of His Holiness means the presence of Jesus Christ which also symbolises the love and sanctity of the church.

The Metropolitan reiterated that His Holiness for him is not just a supreme head but also a spiritual father and leader and urged all to extend all support on behalf of Ahmedabad Diocese.

Fr C S Mathew, Vicar, Sohar Church, began the reception with a prayer.

Fr James Geevarghese, Vicar, MGOC, delivered the welcome speech profiling the life history of the Catholicose.

P C Cherian, Trustee, MGOC, gave a briefing of Malankara Orthodox Church.

HE Anil Wadhwa, Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate, Fr Dr Johns Abraham Konattu (Priest-Trustee, MOSC), Shri M G George Muthoot (Lay Trustee, MOSC), also spoke.

Also present include Shaikh Ahmed al Bari, Director, Ministry of Awqaf & Religious Affairs, Pastor Jack Buteyn, Protestant Churches in Oman, Fr Mathew Erathel, Catholic Church,Rev. Mathew P Thomas, Marthoma Church in Oman, Rev Mathew P Oommen, CSI Church, Fr Baroosme, Coptic Church, Jacobs Kuriakose, Sabha Managing Committee Member, Cherian P Thomas, Diocesan Council Member, Dr C Thomas, Senior Member, MGOC, Geevarghese Yohannan, Senior Member, MGOC and Abraham Mathew, Forthcoming Trustee.

John Thomas, Secretary MGOC delivered the vote of thanks.

Earlier, the Catholicose and dignitaries were led to the Church from the parsonage by candle-lit members of the MGOC to the accompaniment of chenda melam. Cries of Jai, Jai Catholicose reached its crescendo when the Holy Shepherd entered the church.

A group song in English and Malayalam was sung by Sunday School students.

Earlier, MGOC Choir sang the Catholicate Anthem and the programme ended with a benediction by Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Paulose II.

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