Supreme head of Orthodox church Baselios Marthoma Paulose II passes away


Kottayam : Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, (74),the supreme head of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, passed away at Parumala St.Gregorios Hospital on Monday. He was on treatment for cancer for one and half years and was on ventilator support for the last few days. He breathed his last on Monday morning.

His end came at 2.35 am while undergoing treatment for post-COVID-19 complications. The senior priest, who had been suffering from lung cancer since December 2019, had recovered from the COVID-19 infection in February this year.

The mortal remains would be shifted to Parumala church for public homage and later to Kottayam Devalokam Catholicate at 8 pm. The public can pay tribute after the holy mass on Tuesday morning. The funeral service will be held at 3pm on Tuesday. All institutions under its cluster will remain closed on Tuesday in view of the funeral.

Born on August 30, 1946 in Mangad village at Kunnamkulam in Thrissur district, his parents, father K A Iype and mother Kunjeetty sent him to a local school. After graduating from St Thomas College, Thrissur, he joined the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam and obtained a degree from Serampore University as well. He had also obtained an MA in Sociology from CMS College, Kottaayam.

Being the supreme head of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of India, he was the 91st Catholicos of the East and the 21st Metropolitan of Malankara Orthodox diocese. He was elected as the Catholica Bava after Baselios Marthoma Didymus I on November 1, 2010 at a function in Parumala Seminary. He was the youngest Catholica Bava, after Parumala Metropolitan, in the history of Malankara Orthodox churches. It was during his time, the apex court delivered the order on July 3, 2017, clearing the long-standing dispute among the orthodox churches.

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