Aphrem-II announces setting up of commission for talks b/w church sectors

Monday, Feb 9, 2015,22:11 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kottayam | Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem-II, the supreme head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, has announced the establishment of a commission to hold mediation talks between the two factions Jacobite and Orthodox factions of Church.
We need to establish a lasting peace between the Jacobite and Orthodox factions of our Church for mutual respect peaceful co- existence. I will take all the needed measures to realize this lasting peace. Also, I have to convey a happy news. The Episcopal Synod which I chaired yesterday at the St George Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, Karingachira has decided to find lasting peace with our beloved Orthodox faction. The Synod has appointed a commission to hold talks with the Orthodox Church, which will soon start functioning, he said here yesterday at the grand reception organised by the State Government on his first ecclesiastic visit to India.
Two sectors of our Church, Jacobite and Orthodox, are now fighting with each other. The monetary offerings made by the followers of these Churches, including the poor, are being used for fighting court cases. It breaks our hearts to see members of the same family not turning up even during the moments of happiness and celebrations, he said.
The Patriarch had won the hearts of the thousands of followers gathered at the Nehru Stadium by addressing them in Malayalam. He praised the Lord for lavishing the scenic beauty of the state. He also lauded the hospitality and courtesy of the Indian Government for inviting him in the very first year of his tenure as the supreme head.
Delivering the inaugural address, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said it was a privilege to the Government of Kerala to host him as the state guest.
Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis Metropolitan, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Excise Minister K Babu and prominent political and spiritual leaders also spoke at the ceremony.