Kerala’s Fifth Cardinal By the Pope

Published on: 26 Nov, 2012
Published under: General Kerala News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

24 Nov 2012

The Reverend Moran Mar Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, head of the Syro Malankara Catholic Church here, was Saturday elevated as a cardinal at a ceremony in the Vatican. He is the fifth Keralite to be made a cardinal by the Pope.He is the first major archbishop from the Kerala−based Syro Malankara Church to be elevated as a cardinal, and the youngest from India.

After being made cardinal, Catholicos said: “I am standing amidst the Kerala delegation and am extremely happy. I wish god gives the best to Keralites. Please pray for me.”

He was first appointed a bishop on August 15, 2001, and was elevated as the major archbishop in 2007.In February, Mar George Alencherry, 66, major archbishop of Ernakulam − Angamaly diocese of the Syro−Malabar Church, was ordained as a cardinal.


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