Condolences Message from Catholicos of the East His Holiness Baselios Paulose II on the Demise of Patriarch Ignatius Zakka Iwas of Antioch

KOTTAYAM, 22 March 2014: His Holiness Catholicos Baselios Paulose II , Catholicos of the East, on 21 March 2014 expressed his sorrow at the death of the Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church Ignatius Zakka I Iwas.

His Holiness Catholicos Baselios Paulose II said:
“We express our heartfelt condolence in the demise of His Holiness Ignatius Zakka Iwas I, the Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church. As the Supreme Head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, His Holiness was well renowned among the Christian Churches in the world. As one time President of the World Council of Churches the Patriarch will be invariably missed by the ecumenical world.

At this occasion I recollect His Holiness’ relations to our Church. When the relics of St. Thomas, the Apostle of India was found in the ancient Church in Mosul, Iraq, His Holiness the Patriarch was a Metropolitan and we acknowledge the instillation of a portion of the relics at the Catholicate Palace in Devalokam. Again, as a Metropolitan, he was present in the Consecration of our predecessor His Holiness Baselios Augen I, Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan in 1964 and was present in the gracious occasion of the meeting of the heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in 1965.

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church holds His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch in the Holy Eucharistic Prayers and in the Canonical Prayers. Sadly, following the disputes, after 1975 we could not meet the Patriarch in person, we had mutually met and talked on the occasion of the Consecration of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, in Cairo, in November 2012. Further to this, several of our Senior Priests and Metropolitans had personal acquaintance and relationship with him. It was evident to me that His Holiness the Patriarch had personally wished for the unity and peace in the Malankara Church.

We take this occasion to whole heartedly offer our prayers for the departed soul while continue to hold the people who are going through the difficulties of the civil war in Syria. May His Holiness’ soul be consoled in the presence of the company of Angels and saints.”

Inter-Church Relations Dept of the Indian Malankara Orthodox Church
Earlier His Holiness instructed to all Parishes of the Indian Orthodox Church worldwide to observe special prayers for the late Patriarch on 23rd March Sunday 2014 during the Divine Liturgical services.
Source: Oriental Orthodoxy

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