The meeting of Malankara Syrian Christian Association was held at the Catholicate College grounds here on Wednesday afternoon.

The association is regarded as the supreme parliament of the Malankara Orthodox Church and Wednesday’s meeting was to elect a new clergy trustee, lay trustee and 129 members (43 priests and 86 laymen) to its managing committee.

The Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, Moran Mor Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose-II, was escorted from the Basil Bishop’s House in an open jeep to the meeting venue, Catholicate College grounds, in Pathanamthitta, in the afternoon.

The Catholicos presided the meeting. Dr Youhanon Mar Diascorus, Metropolitan of the Chennai diocese of the Church, delivered the introductory speech.

The election was held after the presidential address by the Catholicos.

Mr C.K. Koshy, former Additional Chief Secretary of Gujarat, was the returning officer.

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