The 119th Maramon Convention, the annual Christian religious retreat, began with a call to pray for the stability and well being of the nation.

Inaugurating the week-long annual religious retreat, Joseph Mar Thoma, Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, called upon believers to tread the path of peace and justice in order to lead a blessed life.

The Metropolitan said it was a pity that competition for power and position had become the bane of society. He said believers should uphold the spirit of reformation.