Friday, January 13, 2012

The Pope Makes A Cardinal From the Church the Apostle Thomas Founded - India's Syrian-Malabar Church

In the list of Cardinals the Pope announceed he was about to make there was an interesting name and community represented. That is Indian Mar George Alencherry, the spiritual leader of the Syrian-Malabar Church. The Malabar what ?

Yes this community that was first preached to by St Thomas the Apostle . The community that St Francis Xavier when he got off the boat said WOW there are Catholics in India or something to that affect.

Vatican Insider has a good article on this Church. See India’s Syro-Malabar community: borderline Christians . It also remarks on the role this Church is increasingly having in the very Islamic Middle East and a related jurisdiction issue coming up.

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