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About SOCMNet

SOCMNet is an internet platform of Malankara Jacobite Syriac Christians (Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Church - under the Holy See of the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.). According to tradition, Christianity in India was established by St. Thomas, who arrived in Malankara (Kerala) from Edessa in A.D. 52. The Church in Malankara has had close ties with the Church in the Near East ever since. The ties between the Church in Malankara and the Near East formalized and strengthen by, when under the leadership of the merchant Thomas of Cana and 72 families (around 400 odd persons comprising men, women and children, reached Cragananore (Kodungalloore). The group consisted of the Bishop Mor Joseph of Edessa as well as some priests and deacons traveled and migrated to India and met Christians there by AD 345. The church in Malankara is an integral part of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church with the Patriarch of Antioch [His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas] as its supreme head. The local head of the church in Malankara is the Catholicose of India [His Beatitude Baselios Thomas I], ordained by and accountable to the Patriarch of Antioch. The web sites in the SOCMNet are not official web sites of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Malankara, even though the Owners, Moderators and Webmasters owe allegiance to the hierarchy of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. However, opinions and responses of the Church leadership are posted here.

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. The Kadamattom … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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First woman and African moderator elected to the WCC Central Committee

(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 … Continue reading

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

(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 … Continue reading

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Oriental Orthodox concern for situation in Syria.

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 … Continue reading

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കോലഞ്ചേരി പള്ളിയില്‍ യാക്കോബായ വിശ്വാസിയുടെ മൃതദേഹം സംസ്‌കരിക്കുന്നതിനെച്ചൊല്ലി തര്‍ക്കം

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 … Continue reading

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