Kerala: Syro-Malankara Church gets first basilica

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 11: The Vatican has elevated the Palayam St Mary's pro-cathedral of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the city to a basilica.

The annoucement in this regard was made by Papal representative Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, who is also the Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, at a function held in the Pattom St Mary's cathedral yesterday.

Major-Archbishop Baselios Mar Cleemis Catholicos, hierarchical head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, presided.

Later, the Cardinal visited the shrine and unveiled a plaque raising it to a basilica.

This is the first basilica of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and the fourth basilica in Kerala.

It was in this place of worship, situated close to the Palayam Muslim Juma Masjid and a temple, the Syro-Malankara Catholic hierarchy was founded and the late Mar Ivanios consecrated as its first Archbishop in 1933.


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