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Dr.Robert Carp at Parumala Hospital

PARUMALA: The world famous cardiac surgeon Dr. Robert Carp will be available at St. Gregorios Cardio Vascular Center at Parumala on November 15 to 25. It was Fr. Koodarathil, the hospital administrator who disclosed this news.

Dr. Robert Carp in the disciples of Dr. John, the famous cardiac surgeon of Alam University Dr. Carp has served as professor and head of the university for 17 years. He has written about 150 articles on science. He had also been the editor in charge of the Journal of Cardiac Surgery and The Cardiac Review.

He had also been the editor of ´Clarkin Barnet Boys´. This book is described as the Bible of Cardiac Surgery. He is visiting Parumala after a month-long service at Madras Frontier Life Line, led by Dr.K.M.Cherian.Those who desire the service of Dr. Carp should be in contact the hospital.

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Parumala Perunal Concludes- Hundreds Of Thousands of Devotees Attended

PARUMALA: The aim of every pilgrimage is to receive the goodness in man. Prayer is in fact a pilgrimage of words- Dr.Sukumar Azhikode said.

Dr.Sukumar Azhikode was inaugurating the pilgrim´s convention held on Monday November, 1 the first day of the Parumala Perunal. He observed that Parumala Thirumeni and Sree Narayana Guru were the two bright stars of spirituality that rose up in Kerala in the middle of the 19th century. The Thirumeni was eight years senior to the guru. They could alter the social and spiritual life of Kerala.

Dr. Azhikode declared that the duty of religion is to establish peace where discord exists. The principle of religions last for centuries. They should be able to harmonize and unify society.

All religions follow the vision of the great masters. Hinduism grew up in the valleys of Himalayas, Islam in the deserts of Arabia and Christianity in the plains of Israel. All aim at everlasting goodness. Compassion is the supreme quality according to Christianity. It reveals in human hearts unrestricted by time and space.

Dr. Azhikode told the people that church should be the shelters for poor and needy Persons. He reminded them that Mother Teresa had devoted his life for the receive if the poor and neglected people, not the princes of England.

Dr. Azhikode prefers to consider Parumala Thirumeni as the continuation of Indian Rishy Parampara.

Every pilgrimage teaches us to be fearless. The Thirumeni has asked us to give meaning to our life. He has showered on us love and mercy for a century. Dr. Azhikode said that he received the news that he would be awarded the Ezhuthachan Prize on his way to Parumala. Thirumeni and Thunchath Acharyan are two representations of the same external truth. Both of them are part of our ancestry.

He concluded his speech with the hope that the pilgrimage will bring in goodness.

The Catholicos-Elect, H.B.Thomas Mar Themothios Metropolitan presented Sukumar Azhikode with the first copy of Holy Qurbana a book about the musical notations of Qurbana Songs, written by Dr.M.P.George, Director of Sruthi, the music wing of the Seminary.
The meeting was presided over by H. H. Baselius Marthoma Mathews II, The Catholicos. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan, Dr. Alexander Karakkal, Dr. Christophorus Ramban and Eapen Oommen Arikupuram also made speeches on the occasion.

The processions of pilgrims were moving to Parumala like innumerable tributaries. The first group of Pilgrims from nine parishes of Chennai reached Chengannur by train on Monday, November 1st. More than 800 Pilgrim groups participated.
On Tuesday 2nd November the first Qurbana was conducted under the leadership of Sevarios Metropolitan. The Qurbana at 6 am was conducted by delegated Catholicos. The Qurbana at 8.30 was led by The Catholicos. The ´Vazhv´ (blessings) was conducted at 10.30 am.

The 96th Seminar of M.G.O.C.S.M was held at 11 am. In the meeting presided over by Metropolitan Mar Eusebius, the president of MGOCSM. His Holiness The Catholicos inaugurated the function.

In his inaugural address the Catholicos advised that each of the students should make a self-examination and find out if he can become a good student. Other people´s opinion about us is important. The student community should begin to realize that the loss of character in the loss of everything.

His Holiness recalled his school days. He had his primary education at Injivila NSS School- “my teachers were exemplary. It was my class teacher Ayyan Pillai sir who recognized the devotion in me. He was the first person to suggest that I should become a priest. I tried to be a model everywhere. The Almighty has permitted me to be so´ he said.

The chief orator was Fr. Dr.K.M.George. He observed that we are passing through a period when we are losing models. When there are no ideal persons for us to imitate it is impossible to have a better life. It is high time that we should realize that mercy is not the only criterion of wellbeing.

Those students who had won ranks and higher marks in the SSLC and Examinations of the professional courses were awarded cash prize and mementos.

The Raza began at 3pm and proceeded around the church. The Perunal flag was lowered after the prayer. As Hundreds of thousands devotees received blessings from His Holiness and other members of the Holy Episcopal Synod, left after the final benediction and ´Nercha Vilamp´, curtain fell on the 102nd Parumala Perunal.

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Birth Day Celebration of the Chief Minister

PARUMALA: The 61st birthday of the Kerala Chief Minister Sri. Oommen Chandy was celebrated at the Parumala Seminary. The meeting held after the church service was presided over by the delegated Catholicos Mar. Themothios. Fr. Christophorus Ramban, the manager of Parumala Seminary, Fr. C. C. Cherian etc felicitated him on the occasion.

In his reply, the Chief Minister expressed his satisfaction in being after to celebrate his birthday in an atmosphere filled with the presence of the Saint. He added that all along his carrier he had been supported by blessings and confidence received from prayer.

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Youth Convention At Parumala

PARUMALA :The first combined meeting of young ladies and gentlemen of the orthodox community was held at Parumala Church in connection with the Parumala Perunal.

The meeting was presided over by Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, Metropolitan of the Niranam Diocese. The Metropolitan observed that the backwardness of our nation in various fields is do to the lethargy and inaction of the youth. Progress can be achieved only when there are wiped off.

Proper importance and representation have to begun to young women community and social work. The Metropolitan declared that the church laws should be amended so that they are given due participation in all activities begun by the church.

Sri.Thiruvanchiyoor Radhakrishnan, the Minister for Irrigation, supported the Metropolitans point of view. He also said that a nation can achieve progress through the unification of cultures.

Fr. Dr. K. M. George, the principal of Orthodox Theological Seminary made the keynote address. He pointed out that Parumala Thirumeni did not value anything that we considered valuable. What he valued was invaluable. That was by his life became a model for all of us.

Fr. Alexander Koodarathil, the administrator of Parumala Hospital, and Dr. Alexander Karakkal, Sabha Secretary also spoke on the occasion.

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The ´Sathabhishekam´ Of the Catholicos Elect Mar Themothios

PATHANAPURAM: Thomas Mar Themothios, the Catholicos Elect of Malankara had entered the 84th year. His ´Sathabhiskha´ celebrations were conducted at St. Stephan´s Higher Secondary School, Pathanapuram on Oct 29.

The program started at 2 p.m. The function was inaugurated by Sri.Aryadan Muhamed, Kerala Minister of Electricity. The Catholicos Baselius Marthoma Mathews II, presided over the function.

In his inaugural address the Minister said that the services of Metropolitan Thomas Mar Themothios to the church. He observed that the Metropolitan´s greatness lies to in the fact that he combined together his services to the priesthood and to the laymen. He perpetuated the Dayara system by giving prominence to spiritual progress; at the sometime he gave leadership to activities that resulted the world by progress of the community. He reminded the audience that no country or institutions can achieve real progress by accelerating material growth and forgetting spiritual upliftment. The fall of Soviet Union is an example for this.

In his message of felicitation Sri Adoor Prekash pointed out the great services rendered by the Metropolitan for the development of Pathanapuram by starting and helping the growth of various educational institutions.

B. Genesh Kumar M.L.A. made a speech of felicitation. He observed that the Mount Tabor Dayara, and the eighteen education Institutions functioning under the the proper guidance of the Metropolitan have a positive influence upon the social life and cultural of Pathanapuram.

In his presidential address the His Holiness expressed the satisfaction his predecessor would be more eminent than him. He said that the Metropolitan´s activities had often inspired him.

The representatives of many organizations and institutions participated. His Holiness The Catholicos released the book ´´ about the life of service of Catholicos- Elect.

Dr. K. C. Abraham, T.J. Peter, the principal of St.Stephan´s Higher Secondary School, Jayan Uzhavath and Joji Kailath made felicitations.

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The Salary of Priests Revised

KOTTAYAM: The Malankara Orthodox Church managing committee held on October 29 has approved the report submitted by the committee appointed for the revision of the pay scale of the priests. The new scale will come into effect from January 2005.

The meeting conducted in the Old Seminary was presided over by Baselius Marthoma Mathews II, the Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan of the Church. The meeting congratulated the chief minister Oommen Chandy who has completed 60 years and the Catholicos-Elect Thomas Mar Themothios who is 84.

The accounts presented by the Sabha Secretary Alexander Karakkal was accepted by the meeting. The annual report about the matters coming under the direction of the managing committee was also passed.

Oonnuni Paul was appointed as the new auditor. Matters concerning the case were discussed and decisions were taken. The meeting expressed condolence on the demise of Issac Cor Episcopa and K.C.Zacharia Cor Episcopa who had been members of the managing committee.

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Dr. Cherian Is Acknowledged By The Chinese Government

KOTTAYAM: The famous Cardiac surgeon Dr. K. M. Cherian has been recognized by the Chinese government and the south east university on October5,2004.

Dr. Cherian has been appointed as visiting professor in two medical universities. At the same time arrangements have been made to give training to Chinese cardiac surgeons every year in the frontier life line center of cardiac surgery in Madras under the leadership of Dr. K. M. Cherian. This is at the request of the Chinese government.

A short while ago Dr. Cherian participated in the international conference of Cardiac Surgery held in china as a special invitee. There he presented four papers on Modern heart surgery. At the Chinese governments request he also performed many difficult cardiac surgeries.

A Super specialty hospital of 120 beds dealing with cardiac problems it functioning in Madras. The Cardiac Vascular Center in Parumala St. Gregorios Hospital too works under his guidance.

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144 Declared Around Thrikkunnathu Seminary

Aluva June 28 2004: 144 was declared by the district collector today evening around the Thrikkunnathu Seminary at Aluva.

Sreshta Catholicos Baselios Thomas I of Jacobite Church withdrew fast and left the scene just after the declaration of 144,for Puthen Cruz to preside a special synod meeting.

His Holiness the Catholicos, Catholicos Elect and sabha Secretary returned to Kottayam today.

District Collector allowed the Patriarchal faction to enter into the seminary chapel

Many old Orthodox faithful from Aluva blame Yuhanon Mar Milithios for the entire episode at Thrikkunnathu Seminary.

The prohibitory orders stands on one kilometre radius of the Thrikkunnathu Seminary at Aluva from Tuesday June 28.

Conducting processions within a kilometre of the seminary has also been banned. The prohibitory order also bans public speeches, demonstrations and meetings in the area for one month.

Any unlawful assembly, gatherings and entering the seminary, church, cemetery and its compound has also been prohibited.