Delegation to attend Patriarch’s funeral

Catholicos Baselios Thomas I will lead a delegation of bishops from the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church to Lebanon the funeral of Patriarch Ignatios Zakka I Iwas, head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, of Friday. The first delegation is scheduled to leave Kochi on Wednesday and will comprise 25 bishops of the Jacobite Church. Several lay leaders of the Church too have submitted requests for attending the funeral, which is scheduled for March 28 at Damascus in Syria. A spokesman for the Jacobite Church said that there was no legal impediments to the travel of the Catholicos and the other bishops to Lebanon as had been reported previously. He said that since there are internal disturbances in Syria, the delegation will go to Lebanon, from where the Patriarch had temporarily been working from. There will be no travel restrictions and Lebanon offers visa on arrival for the bishops.