KERALA

Major archiepiscopal church

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MARCH 17. The elevation of Malankara Catholic Church as major archiepiscopal church will take place at the St. Mary's Cathedral at Pattom here next month. Announcing this at a press conference here on Thursday, Issac Mar Cleemis, Bishop of Thiruvalla, said Moran Mor Cyril Baselios would be installed as the major Archbishop-Catholicos on the occasion. According to Bishop Cleemis, the elevation as major archiepiscopal church gives the Malankara Catholic Church an autonomous status. Cardinal Moussa Daoud, prefect of the congregation for oriental churches, would officiate at the ceremonies scheduled to be held at 8 a.m. on April 7. The apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Pedro Lopes, a representative of Pope John Paul II in the country, will also grace the occasion.

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