Mathews Mar Severios becomes supreme head of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church

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Thiruvalla: Dr Mathews Mar Severios has taken over as the supreme head of the Kerala-based 2.5 million strong Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. He has been ordained as the Catholicos at a ritualistic function held here on Friday. The 72-year-old priest has become the new Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan, the religious titles of the supreme head of the church. Severios succeeded Baselios Mar Thomas Poulose II, who passed away in July this year.

Severios was elected unanimously at the meeting of the Malankara Syrian Christian Association, an apex body comprising priests and laity representatives from all parishes under the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.

The meeting was held virtually and was attended by 3091 representatives from across the world, a church spokesman said.

"There was only one candidate. There was no voting", the Kottayam-headquartered Church’s spokesperson Fr Johns Abraham Konat told PTI after the election process got over at Parumala near here.

According to the Church, the word ‘Catholicos' means "the general head" or "general bishop" and it can be considered as equivalent to "universal Bishop".

"This title and rank is much more ancient than the title Patriarch in the church", the Church claims.

All the metropolitans of the Church including Severios were present at Parumala during the election process while other members participated in the process virtually from across the world.

Severios's election to the supreme post of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church came as he was serving as the Metropolitan of the Diocese of Kandanad West of the church.

Born in 1949 in Vazhoor near Kottayam, Severios took graduation in Chemistry from Kerala University before joining Orthodox Seminary, Kottayam.

After completing his religious education in India, he pursued his higher studies in theology at the Theological Academy, Leningrad, Russia.

Later he joined Oriental Institute, Rome, and completed his MTh and PhD from there.

Ordained a deacon in 1976 and a priest in 1978, Severios was elevated to the post of an Episcopa in 1991 and metropolitan in 1993.


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