Loss to the society; Pinarayi condoles demise of Dr Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the death of Dr Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan who passed away on Sunday. The Chief Minister said the demise of the Metropolitan was not only a loss to the church but to the society as a whole.
"He worked for the liberation and welfare of the homeless and marginalised people in society. His involvement in rehabilitating children from the Red Street in Mumbai and uplifting transgender persons into the mainstream shows how he battled for the downtrodden," Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement.
The Chief Minister said Metropolitan fought fearlessly against social evils.
The 90-year old head of the Marthoma community was under treatment for pancreatic cancer and breathed his last around 2.30 AM, hospital sources said.
Born as P T Joseph to Alakunnathu T Lukose and Mariamma couple at Maramonin Pathanamthitta district, Joseph Mar Thoma became Mar Thoma Metropolitan in October 2007 after the then Mar Thoma, Philipose Mar Chrysostom, expressed his desire to transfer responsibilities of the church to his successor due to his deteriorating health.
He was ordained as Ramban on January 11, 1975, and designated as suffragan metropolitan on 15 March 1999, when Philipose Mar Chrysostom, the suffragan metropolitan, was designated as the officiating metropolitan.
The mortal remains have been kept at the church headquarters in Thiruvalla where people from all walks of life paid their final respects to the Metropolitan.