Thiruvananthapuram

Mar Thoma diocese goes alcohol-free

United: Thomas Mar Theethos administering a pledge against liquor during the Malabar Maramon at Chungathara on Saturday.

United: Thomas Mar Theethos administering a pledge against liquor during the Malabar Maramon at Chungathara on Saturday.  

First such declaration by any Church

The Malabar-Kunnamkulam diocese of the Mar Thoma Church created history on Saturday when it declared itself to be the first liquor-free diocese. Church authorities said that it was the first such declaration made by any Church in the country.

Thousands of believers witnessed the declaration made on the seventh day of the Mar Thoma Malabar-Kunnamkulam diocese convention, known as Malabar Maramon, at Chungathara, near Nilambur, on Saturday.

Thomas Mar Theethos, head of Malabar-Kunnamkulam diocese, administered a pledge against liquor.

A de-addiction centre started by the church at Nadavayal, Wayanad, has become hugely popular. Officials said more than 5,000 families from different religious groups had been saved from alcohol abuse through the Mukthi de-addiction centre.

Syriac Thomas, former Vice Chancellor of MGU, inaugurated the anti-liquor declaration meeting.

Dr. Thomas said that society should seek redemption from many addictions, including addiction for power, money, politics and publicity.

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