: The newly installed Cardinal and Major Archbishop of Thiruvananthapuram Syro Malankara Catholic Church, Mar Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, was accorded a rousing public reception in his home district of Pathanamthitta on Saturday.

The Cardinal was escorted in a ceremonial procession from the St Peter’s Cathedral junction to the old private bus stand. Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering inaugurated a public meeting to felicitate the Cardinal at the old private bus stand. Anto Antony, MP, delivered the keynote address. A. Sureshkumar, municipal chairman, presented a citation to the Cardinal.

P.N. Narendranathan Nair, president, Nair Service Society; Youhanon Mar Chrysostum, Pathanamthitta Bishop of the Syro Malankara Catholic Church; Haji Hafiz Mujeeb Rahman Kasimi, Imam of Pathanamthitta Juma-at; K.Padmakumar, SNDP Yogam taluk union president; Raju Abraham, MLA; Babu George, district panchayat president; P. Mohanraj, District Congress Committee president; K. Ananthagopan, CPI(M) district secretary; V.N. Unni, BJP district president; P. Prasad, CPI district secretary; K.E. Abdul Rahman, IUML district president, and Zakir Hussein, Leader of the Opposition in the municipal council, spoke.