Demand to open St. Mary’s Cathedral before Christmas

Updated - December 18, 2023 07:29 pm IST

Published - December 18, 2023 07:28 pm IST - KOCHI

The Joint Christian Council (JCC), a forum of reform-minded Christians, including Catholics, has demanded that the St. Mary’s Basilica Cathedral, the head church of the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese of the Syro-Malabar Church, be reopened before Christmas for the faithful to offer prayers.

A statement issued by the Council said the basilica had been closed for a year now following tension between two groups in the archdiocese over Mass. The church was closed following police intervention.

It is a violation of human rights to deny the ordinary faithful their right to worship following differences of opinion between Church hierarchy members, said the statement.

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