Cardinal from Universal Catholic Church on first visit to state today
Oct. 19, 2013
More than 1,200 delegates are expected to come together as Major Archbishop Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, a Cardinal from the Universal Catholic Church, is visiting Gujarat for the first time on October 19. Major Archbishop, who has been holding this position for the past four years, is one of the four Cardinals from India who has voting rights to elect Pope. On a two-day visit to Ahmedabad, the Cardinal is scheduled to have an interaction with Catholics from across the state, along with his followers from Kerala. The visit is organised by All Gujarat Syro- Malabar Conference at the Diamond Jubilee auditorium of St Xavier's Loyola Hall, Ahmedabad. Major
Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Catholic Church has its headquarters in Kochi, Kerala. Sharing the details of the programme, P T Chacko, president of Syro-Malabar Catholics Association (Gujarat) said, "Though there will be more than a dozen retired and serving state bureaucrats from our association who will also be a part of this programme, the visit is entirely religious and is not politically motivated. "During his two-day visit, there is no meeting scheduled with any state government authorities, neither has it been informed about the Cardinal's visit. He will be here only to interact with his followers." A car rally has also been planned on October 20 from Mt Carmel Cathedral, Mirzapur, to university convention centre. It will see the participation of around 200 cars to honour the Major Archbishop.
On the first day, Major Archbishop will interact with priests and religious sisters from Kerala working for Gujarat Mission. This will be followed by a cultural programme and fellowship meal for the delegates. Syro-Malabar Church is the third largest church out of 23 independent individual churches with the Catholic unity which is called Universal Church under the Roman Pontiff. There are about 45 lakh followers spread across the globe, mainly originated from Kerala.
Source: The Indian Express
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