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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.