Dr Mathews Mar Severios was on Thursday elected because the supreme head of the Kerala-based 2.5 million robust Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
Severios succeeded Baselios Mar Thomas Poulose II, who handed away in July this yr. The 72-year-old priest would be the new Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan–the non secular titles of the supreme head of the church.
He was elected unanimously on the assembly of the Malankara Syrian Christian Affiliation, an apex physique comprising clergymen and laity representatives from all parishes beneath the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
The assembly was held nearly and was attended by 3091 representatives from the world over, a church spokesman mentioned.
“There was just one candidate. There was no voting”, the Kottayam-headquartered Church’s spokesperson Fr Johns Abraham Konat instructed PTI after the election course of received over at Parumala close to right here.
Severios will likely be ordained because the Catholicos at a ritualistic perform to be held later. His new title may also be declared then, he mentioned.The date of his ordination as Catholicos will likely be determined on the ongoing Synod of the church.
In line with the Church, the phrase ‘Catholicos’ means “the final head” or “normal bishop” and it may be thought of as equal to “common Bishop”.”This title and rank is rather more historic than the title Patriarch within the church”, the Church claims.
All of the metropolitans of the Church together with Severios have been current at Parumala throughout the election course of whereas different members participated within the course of nearly from the world over.
Severios’s election to the supreme submit of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church got here as he was serving because the Metropolitan of the Diocese of Kandanad West of the church.
Born in 1949 in Vazhoor close to Kottayam, Severios took commencement in Chemistry from Kerala College earlier than becoming a member of Orthodox Seminary, Kottayam. After finishing his non secular training in India, he pursued his increased research in theology on the Theological Academy, Leningrad, Russia. Later he joined Oriental Institute, Rome, and accomplished his MTh and PhD from there.
Ordained a deacon in 1976 and a priest in 1978, Severios was elevated to the submit of an Episcopa in 1991 and metropolitan in 1993.