14 July 2021

Supreme head of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of India passes away.

Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the supreme head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of India, who had stood for the cause of the poor and destitute and was instrumental in initiating several path- breaking changes in the church,passed away in the early hours of Monday 12 July 2021. He was 74.

His end came at 2.35 AM at a private hospital in Parumala in Pathanamthitta district while undergoing treatment for post-COVID-19 complications.

Enthroned as the eighth Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan in November 2010, Baselios Marthoma Paulose II was the91st primate on the Apostolic Throne of St Thomas, church sources added.

Born on August 30, 1946 at Mangad, a nondescript hamlet in Thrissur district of central Kerala, Baselios Marthoma Paulose II was known as K I Paul in his earlier life before taking the holy orders.

After completing his post graduation and theological studies, the church Parliament (Malankara Syrian Christian Association) elected him as Bishop at the young age of 36.

He was consecrated as Episcopa (bishop) with the new name Paulose Mar Milithios in 1985 and subsequently, elevated as the first Metropolitan of the newly formed Kunnamkulam diocese.

He was unanimously elected as the Catholicos Designate and the successor to the Malankara Metropolitan in 2006.

Following the abdication of his predecessor,Baselios Marthoma Didymus I, Paulose Mar Milithios Metropolitan was enthroned as the Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan with the new name Baselios Marthoma Paulose II on November 1, 2010.

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