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Syrian Orthodox Patriarch to visit India next month


A seven-member team of Metropolitans will escort the Patriarch during his maiden visit to the state.

Kottayam, 2015 January 24: Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem-II of the Syrian Orthodox Church will arrive in Kochi for an eight-day-long visit on Feb. 7.

A seven-member team of Metropolitans will escort the Patriarch during his maiden visit to the state. Archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, Gregorios Saliba Shamoun, Archbishop of Turabdin Timotheos Samule Aktas, and Malankara affairs secretary Mar Timotheos Mathews will be among those accompanying Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church Ignatius Aphrem II on his visit to India.

He will be received at the Cochin international airport on February 7 by Catholicos Baselios Thomas I of Jacobite Syrian Christian Patriarchal faction (Antiochian Syrian Orthodox Church) and representatives of the State government as he is visiting Kerala as a State guest.

The Patriarch will participate in various programmes organised by the Church on February 9.

On February 11 and 12, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem-II will take part in the Manjinikkara Church annual festival.

The Patriarch will also deliver a speech at the Maramon Convention the next day. He will attend rituals at various churches in the state during the visit.

Source: New Indian Express,The Hindu (INDIA)

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