Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church has short-listed the names of 14 priests, including four Rambans, for elevation as bishops.

Seven of them will be elected for consecration as bishops. A press note here said the screening committee had submitted the list to the supreme head of the church Baselius Mar Thoma Didymus I. The list would now be placed for consideration by the managing committee of the Church, scheduled to be held here on January 17, and the Malankara Syrian Christian Association scheduled for February 17 at Sasthamcotta.

The list includes V.M. Abraham, George Pulikkottil, V.M. James, John Mathews, M.K. Kurian, J. Mathukutty, Sabu Kuriakose, Zacharia OIC, P.C. Thomas, O.P. Varghese, all priests; Geevarghese Ramban, Elavumkatt Geevarghese Ramban, Nathaniel Ramban and Yuhanon Ramban.