The Catholicose of the East, His Holiness Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, who is the supreme head of the Orthodox Syrian Church of the East, led the two-hour-long ceremony.
59-year-old Demetrios, the third Metropolitan of the Church, succeeds Bishop Paulose Mar Gregorios (1975-1996) and Bishop Job Mar Philoxenos (1996-2011) of the diocese, which is spread over Delhi NCR, the UAE and some parts of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab.
Indian Orthodox Church announces project for senior citizens
A new project to provide care for the elderly across caste, creed and religion was inaugurated here by the Orthodox Syrian Church of the East.
The new project, 'Job Mar Philoxenos Healthcare Foundation', was announced today at the enthronement ceremony of His Eminence Youhanon Mar Demetrios as the third metropolitan of the Delhi diocese. "There are large number of our elders in our society where their children do not stay with them. Many of them are lonely. It is the duty of our Church to care for them and this will not be exclusive to the members of the Orthodox community," said His Holiness Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, the supreme Pontiff of the 2,000-year-old Church.
This is the latest project of Delhi diocese of the Kerala -based Church in its 60 years of existence in North India. Earlier, it has set up many health-care delivery centres including those in Aya Nagar in the outskirts of Delhi, Shantigram in Mandavar village of Haryana as well as in Kanpur.