Cardinal  Cleemis  says thanksgiving mass for Archbishop Ivanios

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By  our  Religious Correspondent  

Thiruvananthapuram, March 15 (IVC)    A  high   thanksgiving mass  was said by  the Cardinal  Mar Baselios Cleemis here  today   in response to  declaring  Archbishop Ivanios  as Venerable by  Pope Francis at Vatican yesterday and Ivanios was  the first  metropolitan  of  the  Thiruvanathapuram   Archdiocese  of the  Syro-Malankara  Hierarchy  of the Syro-Malabar  Church.

The  declaration  of Venerable  is the second   stage   for  attaining  sainthood under the Roman Catholic   Church.  They are: Servant  of God f  God, Venerable, Blessed  and the Sainthood, the Church sources  said.


                The  Archbishop  Ivanios was  declared  as  Servant  of God  on July  14,2007. The  Syro-Malankara  Hierarchy  of  the Syro-Malabar   Church  was established  in  1932  with  the reunion of two  Jacobite  Prelates –Mar  Ivanios  and Mar Theophilos with a large number  of faithful and clerics  in 1930.

                This was an important  landmark in the  history of the Saint  Thomas Christians.   Later  in 1978  Paulose Mar Phelexinos,  the Metropolitan of  Thohiyoor (Kunnamkulam) , pretty  a  good  number  of   followers, was reunited   with the Catholic Church  under the pope.

                A remembrance  service  in memory  of  late Ivanios   was also held  here today  along  with  the thanksgiving mass.

                On June  23, 2014, archbishop’s tomb was  opened   aand examined  for gathering evidence for elevating him  to sainthood.

                Four  faithful  had been elevated to sainthood d from Keraala.  They  are :  Sister  Alphonsa (Kottayam), Mother  Euphrasia  (ollur –Thrissur), Maram thresia (Puthanchira –Irinjalakuda) and Kuriakose Elias of  Chavara. The  other  faithful  on  the  way  to sainthood from  the  Thrissur Archeparcy  are :  Joseph  Vithayathil, Antony  Therattil,  Augustine John Ukken   and Sister Celin Kannanaikall.

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