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Syro-Malankara Church gets new diocese

Parassala is formed from the division of the southern part of the Trivandrum Archdiocese in southern India

Syro-Malankara Church gets new diocese

The Catholic Centre of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, which houses the Major Archiepiscopal Curia in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala. (Photo: Malankara Syrian Catholic Church)

August 9, 2017

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The Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malankara Church, after consulting with the Apostolic See and receiving pontifical assent has erected the new Diocese of Parassala in southern India.

Parassala is formed from the division of the southern part of the Trivandrum Archdiocese based in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala.

The new head of the diocese will be Bishop Eusebios Naickamparambil, who is being transferred from the Diocese of St. Mary Queen of Peace in the United States and Canada, reports news.va.

Unlike in the Latin-rite Church where the pope directly appoints bishops, the synods of Eastern-rite Catholic churches have the autonomy of appointing their own bishops, to which the pope gives his assent.

Bishop Naickamparambil was born in Mylapra, in the Archdiocese of Trivandrum in 1961. He and was ordained a priest in 1986. He speaks Malayalam, English, German, Italian and Hindi, and also knows Syriac, Greek and French.

The Syro-Malankara Church began in 1930 when a section of the Christian Jacobite Church joined the Catholic fold while retaining their liturgical customs.

The Catholic Church in India comprises the Latin rite and two Eastern rites called Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara.

The Latin rite follows the Roman liturgy introduced by European missioners in the 15th century, while the two Eastern rites, both based in Kerala, follow Syrian Church traditions and trace their origins to St. Thomas the Apostle.

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