Catholicose celebrated Holy Qurbono at historic Kadamattom Church

06 December 2013
Kadamatthom, Ernakulam: Catholocise Abon Mor Bsalious Thomas I was celebrated Holy Qurbono at the historic St George Church of Kadamattom after a gap of 17 years. The last liturgy was served in the year 1996.

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The Kadamattom Church is one of the ancient Churches in India. It is believed that the Church was established in 9th Century AD., but there is no concrete evidence on the exact year. Some records points out that the church was constructed in 865 AD.

This church is also the final resting place of “Kadamattathu Kathanar” or Priest of Kadamattam who is believed to have supernatural powers.

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SYRIAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS CALL FOR RELEASE OF TWO BISHOPS

22 November 2013
At the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace, Muslim and Christian Leaders Call for Common Action Syrian religious leaders attending the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace called for the release of two abducted bishops in Syria. The Assembly, which serves as a venue for conflict transformation, brought more than 600 religious leaders representing all historic faith traditions and every region of the world to restore and build peace. Each Syrian religious leader sent a strong message of support to the abducted bishops, the demand for their release, and the hope for a peaceful resolution.

The two Syriac bishops, Metropolitan Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, and Bishop Boulous Yazigi, a Greek Orthodox Bishop in Damascus, were kidnapped in Aleppo on 22 April 2013.

“These two bishops always worked for peace and a good life for all people,” H.E. Sheikh Dr. Mohamed Sohaib al-Chami, an Islamic scholar and a member of the Religions for Peace Inter-religious Council of Syria, reflected. “They kidnapped our bishops but they also took our soul, our love, and our hope. We remember their big role and work. And we hope that happiness will return to the people of Syria.”

Father Samuel Gümüs, Special Representative of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, called for the immediate release of the two bishops. Father Gümüs implored, “I appeal to conscience, principles, morals and ethics of all peace lovers to spare no effort to bring about a safe and dignified release of Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulous Yazigi.”

Mrs. Asmaa Kiftaro, President of the Syrian Muslim Women’s Forum, shared a message of peace. Ms. Kiftaro declared, “Syria will rise again. The sons of Syria will serve their country. Peace, happiness, and smiles will come back to the people of Syria.”

Throughout the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace, delegates from different faiths around the world have sent prayers to express concern for those who are suffering in Syria. Plenary III, beginning the Assembly yesterday, opened with a moment of silence for Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Bishop Yazigi. Dr. William Vendley, Secretary General for Religions for Peace, said, “We stand in solidarity, our hands are in your hands, and we continue to pray.”

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Holy Synod’s welcome Speech at the Episcopal Golden Jubilee of the Holy Father

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Holy Synod’s welcome Speech at the Episcopal Golden Jubilee of the Holy Father Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas at Holy Spirit University, Kaslik, Lebanon on 17 November 2013.

Your Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church,
Your Holiness, Beatitudes, Eminences, Graces and Reverends,
Your Excellencies ambassadors and officials,
Reverend Fathers, monks and nuns,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you all, in the name of my brethren the metropolitans, members of the holy synod of our Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and in my name. We would like to thank you for meeting this humble invitation to gather together in this great hall to honor a great personality, unique in history which was not generous with a kin for humanity.

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We do not say this as a form of a son’s recognition of his father; if we abridge of describing him, strangers and insiders alike, history and time will not abridge in praising the father of the fathers, the teacher of the generations, the deacon, monk, priest, bishop and patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas.

He is the dean of the patriarchs in the entire world and the leader of the journey of the glorious Syriac nation since 33 years. He walks before us courageously and calmly, full of wisdom and cautiousness. He knows where he will go because the hand of God pastors him and the Spirit of God hovers on his head. We accompany him in his blessed journey, with trust, love and hope, because we know beforehand that he will lead us to peace and fertile pastures. We look at him and find the great ancestors in his person, and the image of a bright future in his eyes.

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The Lord has chosen him from the womb and blessed him from his youth. He granted him virtues and graces, garnished him with talents of the Spirit. His love overflowed in the church, one, universal, holy and apostolic church, especially to his Syrian Orthodox Church and its eternal heritage. This love grew with him as he attained one church office after the other. What made this love more beautiful and active is the knowledge and education along with culture and zeal.

Since his childhood, his holiness is passionate about education; he took the books as companions and started exploring their contents especially when he was a student in the seminary in Mosul. Upon his graduation from there, he became a monk and was summoned to be a secretary in the patriarchate. He was a disciple of two great patriarchs, Patriarch Aphrem I Barsoum and Jacob III. He made good use of the wisdom and education, learning from their leadership and administration. When he was elected to the Episcopal rank for the diocese of Mosul, his birthplace, and became its metropolitan on the 17th of November 1963 on the Sunday of the annunciation of the conception of John the Baptist. He was transferred then to the diocese of Baghdad in 1969. He declared his intended working program upon his enthronement in Al-Tahrah Church in Mosul while relying on the Lord for support and on the love of the people. He said: “I am for the diocese with my whole and heart. No one challenges my love to it. My time and power will be entirely for the diocese I was entrusted. The responsibility is great, I know this and assess it right, but the burden will be light in the Lord Christ Jesus who carries the troubles of this world. I have come to serve not to preside, this is my motto and way.”

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During his patriarchate, he cared to build great edifices, monasteries, seminary, churches and others. In a short time, he prepared hundreds of monks, nuns, priests, deacons and deaconesses after supply them with his special character. Here they follow his footsteps. Blessed are we to have graduated from the university of the patriarch Zakka I Iwas.

What is undisputed is that his holiness is the first and elite in the domain of ecumenical action for the unity of the church of Christ – East and West. He attended Vatican II as an observer when he was a monk and bishop. He worked in the Central Committee for the WCC. He was elected co-president of the WCC and MECC, let alone his permanent encouragement of the Ecumenical Movement sharing its troubles and vision.

If we ask anyone who met his holiness about this personality, we see them describing the light that shines from his face, the human spirit that he enjoys. This spirit became clear when he took over the administration of the church, no one can deny his helping the poor and needy. He opened the gates of his heart to all those who seek him, especially those who were forced to emigrate from their homelands. His holiness supported them financially and morally. He sent priests, monks and bishops to serve our churches in the Diaspora which became a source of pride for us all.

We should allude here on the national stands of his holiness and his constant support for the rights of the weakened people. He always calls for equality and common cohabitation within national unity regardless of religious affiliation. He stood against the great powers who envy the wealth of our nations, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. He assures that he is from Antioch and Syria where the disciples were first called Christians. Here is where the Christian message was spread to the entire world. From the East, the Syrian fathers constructed churches and universities. They translated books and sciences. This is why his holiness Patriarch Zakka concentrated his efforts to enroot man in his land and attach him to his Syriac roots that go back thousands of years to the dawn of history. He refuses to waste the efforts of his predecessors and ancestors and calls for the attachment to our land that contains the relics of our saints and martyrs.

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Dear Brethren,

It is true that we are happy and celebrating this joyful and special occasion; but our joy is mixed with worry, sorrow and fear.

How not to worry when 207 days have passed and we still ignore the fate of the two abducted bishops: Youhanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi. We know for sure that your holiness’ heart is in great pain over your student, servant and bishop Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim, Metropolitan of Aleppo and Environs. Since the first hours of the kidnapping, you were praying and beseeching the Lord God for his sake. You sought the men of power and good will in the world, the members of the Holy Synod and all the Syrian faithful to work seriously to the release of the two bishops and their return along with all the abductees.

How not to have sorrow when Syria, our beloved country, the residence of your Antiochian see, your holiness, is sad and in pain. It is wounded by the enemies of God and humanity. Its people are suffering from massacres, murders, kidnapping, looting, hunger, thirst, immigration and all criminal actions that reach its citizens. All this after a time when Syria was a role model for common cohabitation, fraternity and national unity.

How not to fear when we ignore the fate of the Christians in the East and ignore what is hidden in the ugly plans to drain the region from its Christians and hide their history and civilization. What happened with the Christians in the East and especially in Egypt, Mosul, Baghdad, Nineveh, Al-Jazeerah, Aleppo, Homs, Wadi el Nasara, Damascus, Maaloula, Sadad, etc… is but a confirmation of our doubts and a certainty for our fears. However, we will always repeat you words that you taught us, your holiness: “we are not guests in this east, the cradle of Christianity, we are its essence. All the persecutions and wars over the centuries were not able to uproot us from our land, we will remain as our Holy Christ ordered us and as the holy books teach us, callers for peace and apostles of love. We will work for the good of all humanity to uplift injustice, enduring all suffering with divine patience.

With all the sufferings of our troubled East, we still have our dear country Lebanon where you were honored with the supreme ‘National Cedar’ decoration. This esteemed country is overwhelmed with assassinations, bombings, clashes and endless political and religious conflicts. We hope that the consequences are not weighty because we, the Syriacs, are unfairly treated in Lebanon. You know our situation, your holiness: in the years of your reign on the Church, how many times did you have official and private visits to officials? How many times did you write and seek to lift unfairness from the faithful of your Church? However, no one gives an ear. How many times were you promised, but did not meet their promises? We are still out of the political game and the distribution of offices and ranks though we are the true historical inheritors of the land of the Syriacs and we continuously struggle in Lebanon whose soil has been mixed with the bloods of our martyrs as well as other honored martyrs. Despite the existence of many able people from our confession, our rights remain marginalized and forgotten on the national level like in the government, parliament and public offices. Where is the conscience and heart of the Lebanese leaders who claim justice and democracy in word but work on a confessional basis belonging to their parties first instead of sowing love, fraternity, peace and harmony?

Your Holiness and Father,
50 years of Episcopal consecration: this needs more than 50 volumes to talk of a pastor and good teacher, a courageous leader and wise administrator, original ecclesial architect and tender spiritual father, like your holiness.
50 years in the prelacy whereby you serve the holy church with great sacrifice and devotion for the sake of its progress with love, humility and self-denial.
50 years of raising leaders and servants for the church with your guidance, advice and experience,
50 years of administration and leadership and you are enduring the cross of responsibility with patience, trust and kindness,
50 years of ambition in the Lord’s vineyard and graces,
50 years of generous and happy giving,
50 years of aspiring complete church unity with faith and hope,
50 years of calling for national unity and common cohabitation, creating peace among countrymen in the East.
We congratulate your holiness from the depth of our heart and pray the Lord to grant you long life and good health with patience to endure the cross of your bodily suffering and the pains of your old age. You are our pride and the crown of our heads.

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Holy Father, we will walk in your footsteps and live by your teachings; we will not leave our land, our past, our present and our future. We promise you to be ambassadors of the church of Christ and the Syriacs and you all over the world to spread knowledge, civilization, love and peace so that the world would know who the Syriacs are.

Thank you for your presence and attention,
Long live His Holiness Patriarch Zakka and long live our dear Orient and the Syriacs everywhere, Barekhmor.

(Translation by Father Joseph Bali)

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First woman and African moderator elected to the WCC Central Committee

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(Agnes Abuom, new moderator of the WCC Central Committee at the WCC assembly in Busan.)
08 November 2013

In one of their first decisions as the Central Committee for the World Council of Churches, the newly installed 150-member committee made history Friday by electing Dr Agnes Abuom of Nairobi, from the Anglican Church of Kenya, as the moderator of the highest WCC governing body.

Abuom, who was elected unanimously to the position, is the first woman and the first African in the position in the 65-year history of the WCC.

Two vice-moderators were elected, United Methodist Church Bishop Mary Ann Swenson from the USA and Prof. Dr Gennadios of Sassima of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

“My open prayer is that we shall move forward together, in the next years, despite our diversities that have the potential to divide us,” Abuom said shortly after her election, “…and that the WCC will continue to remain an instrument for providing a safe space for all who can come and share their hopes, aspirations and visions, and prophetic voice.”

Aboum said the prophetic voice is vital for “ecumenism in the 21st century and the church in our world today.”

As the first woman moderator of the worldwide body, Aboum says the model of consensus discernment “resonates very well with femine decision-making processes,” consultative and careful listening and seeking to understand the other person’s perspective.

Abuom has served on the WCC Executive Committee, representing the Anglican Church of Kenya. She is also a development consultant serving both Kenyan and international organizations coordinating social action programmes for religious and civil society across Africa.

Abuom was the Africa president for the WCC from 1999 to 2006. She has been associated with the All Africa Conference of Churches and WCC member churches in Africa. She is a co-president of the Religions for Peace and the National Council of Churches of Kenya.

Abuom’s areas of work include economic justice, peace and reconciliation.

Gennadios, who will serve his second term as the WCC Central Committee vice-moderator, is a professor of theology. He served as vice-moderator of the WCC’s Faith and Order Commission from 1998 to 2006. He was a staff member of the WCC’s Faith and Order secretariat in Geneva from 1983 to 1993. He is involved in a number of bilateral dialogues involving the Orthodox, the Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches among others.

In addition to being vice-moderator of the WCC Central Committee, Gennadios has served as a member of the presidium and of the governing board of the Conference of European Churches.

Swenson, who will also serve as the WCC Central Committee vice moderator, was ordained to the ministry by the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in 1973. Swenson also served as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Wenatchee, Washington from 1989 to 1992. While a pastor in Wenatchee, she also served as president of both the Board of Directors of the Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Center, and on the Board of Directors of the North Central Washington AIDS Coalition from 1989 to 1992.

Swenson was elected to the episcopacy of the United Methodist Church by the 1992 Western Jurisdictional Conference. She now serves as president of the church’s General Commission on Christian Unity and Inter-religious Concerns (GCCUIC).

Source: WCC

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St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck outgrows its home

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(Parishioners watch and listen as Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim leads a Sunday service at St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck)

St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck outgrows its home
BY LINDA MOSS

Gibrial Makdes is among the newcomers who now crowd the pews at St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck.

Makdes, who lives in Mahwah, came to the United States just a month ago, fleeing his native Syria. Back home, a nation divided by a bloody civil war, his two brothers were kidnapped by a Chechen faction. They were held at gunpoint for a week until their family paid a ransom for their release.

Another church member. Dr. Elias Joseph Malke of Wyckoff, immigrated to New Jersey 16 months ago. Malke made the move after he learned that there had been a botched kidnap attempt on him.

“I left my office, my house, everything,” the physician said. “I have some assets in the bank [in Syria], I can’t move them now.”

St. Mark’s — packed on Sunday as usual — has outgrown its space off Cedar Lane as North Jersey’s population of Middle Eastern Christians has increased.

To accommodate its growing membership, the Syriac Orthodox archdiocese that covers the Eastern United States and St. Mark’s have big expansion plans. The archdiocese’s headquarters, now adjacent to St. Mark’s, will be moving to a 5.27-acre site on West Midland Avenue in Paramus, that will also include a community center and a cathedral with a 44-foot-high dome.

The strife and chaos in Syria has sent an estimated 2 million of its residents to seek refuge, including Christians who fear what will happen if Islamist extremists gain control of their country from President Bashar Assad. Some of these Syrians have fled to United Nations refugee camps. And some hope to eventually gain entrée to the United States.

“We expect more to come as Christians are being driven out of the Middle East,” Syriac Orthodox Church Archbishop Cyril Aphrem Karim said. “We have to prepare for that.”

The $14 million project is expected to take three to four years to complete, with the first phase under way. A 100-year-old brown sandstone building, formerly owned by the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, has been gutted and is now being power-washed in preparation for its renovation.

The five-story, 42,256-squre-foot building, formerly known as Mount St. Andrew’s Sanitarium and House of Divine Providence for the Aged, will be converted into the new center of the eastern archdiocese, as well as Karim’s residence.

The renovations include revamping the building’s two-story, 100-seat chapel, as well as its kitchen and dining hall, A library, museum, study and conference rooms will also be created, as well as rooms for visiting clergy and other guests — including immigrants from Syria — to stay.

“It’s very crucial to us to see what we can salvage in regards to our heritage and with regards to our culture through that center,” said Elias Sarkar, a Moonachie resident who is president of the archdiocese’s executive council.

The Syriac Church, which bought the Paramus site for $5 million in 2007, expects the renovation of Mount St. Andrew’s to be done by the end of 2014, Karim said.

The second phase is scheduled to start next summer, when the foundation is laid for a multi-purpose community hall adjacent to the existing building. The final stage is construction of a 450- to 500-seat cathedral that will replace the current one in Teaneck, which seats roughly 350 people.

The Syriac Church plans to sell the Teaneck cathedral building and use those proceeds to help pay for the new one, the archbishop said. So far about half of the money has been raised, said Burhan Coban, a Franklin Lakes resident who is president of St. Mark’s.

St. Mark’s has about 350 families, a number that continues to increase. Paramus attorney Samir Khalaf, a member of the Teaneck church, said its growth is partly because of immigration over the years and partly because of the recent war in Syria.

“Across the board the Middle East is losing a lot of its Christian population and a lot are in fact coming here, Khalaf said.”

The Syriac Church, which conducts its services in the ancient language that Jesus Christ spoke, includes not only Syrians but also those from Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and India. In North Jersey there is already an established Arab and Syrian population that can sponsor relatives so they can get out of the Mideast.

The number of Syrians and Turks in North Jersey has steadily risen. For example, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 12,624 people of Syrian descent in New Jersey, with 2,568 in Bergen County and 3,698 in Passaic County. By 2012, those numbers had risen to 15,858 Syrians in New Jersey, with 2,992 in Bergen and 4,842 in Passaic County.

During his sermon on Sunday, Karim referred to the bloodshed and strife in Syria, talking about two archbishops who were kidnapped in April.

“Our people are being killed because of their faith and therefore are becoming martyrs,” Karim said.

Malke is from Aleppo, which he said has been under siege for more than six months.

“Now it’s like hell: no fuel; no heat; no electricity; no water,” he said. “Mortars, missiles are targeting the Christian neighborhoods every day, every day.”

Malke was lucky in that he had a tourist visa and relatives in North Jersey to sponsor him so he could come to America.

The Syriac archdiocese made its plans to move to Paramus before the civil war was raging in Syria, a fortuitous decision and “blessed” timing, Sarkar said.

“Purchasing that property when we did, we had no clue how things were going to unravel [in Syria],” he said. “There’s more cause than ever to build and provide.”

The archdiocese and St. Mark’s will continue to assist the new immigrants, offering financial assistance and helping them find housing and employment, Sarkar said.

“We do what churches do: Offer help,” he said.

Source: NorthJersey

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Oriental Orthodox concern for situation in Syria.

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Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian from the Oriental Orthodox community in the UK has made a powerful statement on the troubling situation in Syria – and particularly the widespread mistreatment of Christians and others.

He declares: “It is with a deep sense of responsibility [and] mounting concern that the Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland (COOC) feels compelled to speak out once more about the atrocities being committed against innocent men, women and children in
Syria.

“Over the past few months, the attacks against indigenous Christian communities in different parts of Syria have been increasing and there have been numerous reported incidents both against persons or churches. Whilst the attacks against the residents of Maaloula – described as the Lourdes of the Middle East – were viewed by many on their television screens, it is regrettable that the world community has largely remained mute to similar physical attacks as well as hostage-taking and the vandalism of churches elsewhere across the country such as in Sadad recently.

“We at COOC remain convinced that a majority of Muslims and Christians condemn such violence. Like us, they too believe that such acts are contrary to the genuine values, teachings and traditions of the followers of all three Abrahamic traditions in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

“Like us too, a majority of Syrians remain eager for the safe and quick release of Metropolitans Mor Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi of the Syrian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Archdioceses who were abducted on near Aleppo on 22 April 2013. We take the convening this week of the World Council of Churches 10th General Assembly in Busan, South Korea, as well as the forthcoming summit meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on 21st November of the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Oriental Churches of Syria, Iraq and the Middle East, as two ecumenical occasions to urge all men and women of good will to raise their voices and redouble their efforts against such unacceptable practices that are fast becoming the norm rather than the exception in Syria, in Egypt and elsewhere.

“We appeal to all parties in Syria, the government as much as the opposition factions, to ensure that the longstanding conviviality between all believers and communities is not broken by actions that use Islam for un-Islamic ends.

“We also pray with the ancient prophets for peace to reign in the whole of Syria as we recall that ‘They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks’ (Micah 4:3 and Isaiah 2:4).”

Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian is President of the Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches in the United Kingdom and Ireland and Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Source: ekklesia

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കോലഞ്ചേരി പള്ളിയില്‍ യാക്കോബായ വിശ്വാസിയുടെ മൃതദേഹം സംസ്‌കരിക്കുന്നതിനെച്ചൊല്ലി തര്‍ക്കം

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കോലഞ്ചേരി: സെന്റ്‌ പീറ്റേഴ്‌സ്‌ ആന്റ്‌ സെന്റ്‌ പോള്‍സ്‌ പള്ളിയില്‍ യാക്കോബായ വിശ്വാസിയുടെ മൃതദേഹം സംസ്‌കരിക്കുന്നതിനെ ഓര്‍ത്തഡോക്‌സ്‌ വിഭാഗം എതിര്‍ത്തതിനെച്ചൊല്ലി തര്‍ക്കം.

തുടര്‍ന്ന്‌ അധികൃതരുമായി ചര്‍ച്ച നടത്തിയതിനുശേഷം ഉച്ചകഴിഞ്ഞ്‌ മൂന്നോടെ വന്‍ജനാവലിയുടെ സാന്നിധ്യത്തില്‍ മൃതദേഹം സംസ്‌കരിച്ചു. തമ്മാനിമറ്റം പുതാക്കുടിയില്‍ കുര്യാക്കോയുടെ മകന്‍ ബോബിയുടെ മൃതദേഹം സംസ്‌കരിക്കുന്നതിനെച്ചൊല്ലിയാണ്‌ തര്‍ക്കമുണ്ടായത്‌. കഴിഞ്ഞ ഒരുമാസത്തിലേറെയായി യാക്കോബായ-ഓര്‍ത്തഡോക്‌സ്‌ സഭാ തര്‍ക്കം നിലനില്‍ക്കുന്ന കോലഞ്ചേരി പള്ളിയില്‍ ഇതിനിടയില്‍ ഓര്‍ത്തഡോക്‌സ്‌ വിഭാഗത്തിലെ രണ്ട്‌ വിശ്വാസികളാണ്‌ മരിച്ചത്‌. സംസ്‌കാരം സമയത്ത്‌ മൃതദേഹം പള്ളിയില്‍ കയറ്റി ശുശ്രൂഷിക്കുന്നതിനെച്ചൊല്ലി തര്‍ക്കം ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു. എന്നാല്‍ ഇന്നലെ യാക്കോബായ വിശ്വാസിയുടെ മൃതദേഹം പള്ളിയില്‍ കയറ്റണമെന്ന നിലപാട്‌ സ്വീകരിക്കാതെ യാക്കോബായ ചാപ്പലില്‍ ശുശ്രൂഷകള്‍ക്ക്‌ ശേഷം സെമിത്തേരിയില്‍ സംസ്‌കാരിക്കാനായിരുന്നു തീരുമാനിച്ചിരുന്നത്‌. പള്ളി െകെവശക്കാരായ തങ്ങള്‍ക്ക്‌ പ്രത്യേകം അപേക്ഷ നല്‍കിയാല്‍ മാത്രമേ ശവസംസ്‌കാരത്തിന്‌ അനുമതി നല്‍കുകയുള്ളുവെന്ന്‌ ഓര്‍ത്തഡോക്‌സ്‌ വിഭാഗം നിലപാട്‌ സ്വീകരിച്ചതോടെയാണ്‌ തര്‍ക്കമുണ്ടാകുന്നത്‌.

എന്നാല്‍ ഇടവകാംഗങ്ങളുടെ ശവസംസ്‌കാരം നടത്തുന്നതിന്‌ ആരുടേയും അനുവാദം ആവശ്യമില്ലെന്ന നിലപാടിലായിരുന്നു യാക്കോബായ വിഭാഗം. തര്‍ക്കമുണ്ടാകാന്‍ സാധ്യത മുന്നില്‍ക്കണ്ട്‌ യാക്കോബായ വിഭാഗം നേരത്തേ പുത്തന്‍കുരിശ്‌ എസ്‌.ഐക്ക്‌ അപേക്ഷ നല്‍കിയിരുന്നു. തുടര്‍ന്ന്‌ ജില്ലാ കലക്‌ടര്‍, ആര്‍.ഡി.ഒ, പോലീസ്‌ ഉദ്യോഗസ്‌ഥര്‍ എന്നിവരുമായി ചര്‍ച്ചനടത്തിയശേഷമാണ്‌ സംസ്‌കാരം നടത്തിയത്‌.

സംസ്‌കാര ശുശ്രൂഷകള്‍ക്ക്‌ വികാരി ഫാ. ഏലിയാസ്‌ കാപ്പുംകുഴിയില്‍, ഫാ. എല്‍ദോ കക്കാടന്‍, ഫാ. യൂഹന്നാന്‍ ചക്രവേലില്‍, ഫാ. എല്‍ദോസ്‌ തോട്ടപ്പിള്ളില്‍, ഫാ. ജിബു ചെറിയാന്‍, ഡീക്കന്‍ എല്‍ദോസ്‌ കുഴല്‍ക്കാട്ട്‌, എന്നിവര്‍ നേതൃത്വം നല്‍കി. മൃതദേഹം സംസ്‌കരിക്കുന്നതു സംബന്ധിച്ച്‌ തര്‍ക്കം ഉണ്ടാകുമെന്നറിഞ്ഞ്‌ വന്‍ജനാവലിയാണ്‌ പള്ളിപ്പരിസരത്ത്‌ തടിച്ചുകൂടിയത്‌.

സഭാ ട്രസ്‌റ്റി തമ്പു ജോര്‍ജ്‌ തുകലന്‍, കോലഞ്ചേരി പള്ളി ട്രസ്‌റ്റി സ്ലീബ ഐക്കരക്കുന്നത്‌, ജോണി മനിച്ചേരില്‍, കെ.എസ്‌. വര്‍ഗീസ്‌ എന്നിവരും ചര്‍ച്ചകള്‍ക്ക്‌ നേതൃത്വം നല്‍കി. അതേസമയം കോലഞ്ചേരി പള്ളിത്തര്‍ക്കം പരിഹരിക്കുന്നതിന്‌ െഹെക്കോടതി ഡിവിഷന്‍ബെഞ്ച്‌ മീഡിയേഷന്‍ സെല്ലിന്‌ വിട്ടുകൊണ്ട്‌ ഉത്തരവിട്ടിരുന്നു. ഇതിന്മേല്‍ ഇരു വിഭാഗങ്ങളുമായി ചര്‍ച്ചകളും നടന്നുവരികയാണ്‌. ഇതിനിടെ പള്ളിയില്‍ ആരാധനാ സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യം നല്‍കണമെന്നാവശ്യപ്പെട്ട്‌ യാക്കോബായ വിഭാഗം നടത്തിവരുന്ന പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥനാ യജ്‌ഞം പള്ളിക്ക്‌ മുമ്പില്‍ തുടരുകയാണ്‌. ഇടവക തലത്തിലാണ്‌ നിലവില്‍ പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥനാ യജ്‌ഞം നടക്കുന്നത്‌.

Source: Mangalam

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