GANDHINAGAR, Gujarat : HH Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan will meet Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mrs Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel, on August 21 and hold talks.
Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan, Diocesan Secretary Fr Jacob Mathew, will be part of the delegation.The meeting is scheduled at the Chief Minister’s Office, New Sachivalaya, on the evening after the conclusion of the clergy conference.
The Malankara Metropolitan and primate of the Indian Orthodox Church is in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to lead the 3-day biennial clergy conference from August 19 to 21.
This will be for the first time the Catholicos and Dr Mar Yulios will be meeting the Chief Minister. Dr Mar Yulios says the high-profile meeting will apprise the chief minister of all help from the Indian Orthodox community of its cooperation and towards its various social welfare programmes. Dr Mar Yulios had also maintained excellent relations with former chief minister and prime minister Shri Narendra Modi.
In May 2014, Dr Mar Yulios, had conveyed his best wishes to Mrs Anandiben Patel, after she took charge as the chief minister. Dr Mar Yulios had prayed for the success and growth and development of the state under the new leadership.The letter has assured the Chief Minister of assisting the state regarding matters of social concern and full support from the Indian Orthodox Community for which it has been receiving excellent support.