KOCHI: Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem-II, the supreme head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, will arrive in Kerala on February 7 for an 11-day-long Apostolic Visit to India. This is the first apostolic visit of Patriarch Aphrem to India after taking up the position of the supreme head of the Orthodox Church in March 2014.
During the nine-day trip in Kerala includes visitations to various churches under his jurisdiction, delivering blessing message at ‘Maramon convention’ and meeting with State Government officials.
On February 16, he will leave for Chennai, for the installation of a Church at Anna Nagar. From Chennai, the Patriarch will proceed to Delhi to see the President of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
A delegation, comprising six metropolitans, will accompany the Patriarch during his trip to India.
At a press conference, asked whether there would be any conciliation talks with the Malankara Orthodox Church, Mar Gregorios of Jacobite church and secretary of the Synod said, “no such plan has been scheduled so far. It is learnt that the Catholicos of Malankara Orthodox Church has sent a letter to the Patriarch seeking an initiative for conciliation. We have not received any official communication. Sill we consider it as a welcome move.”