OCP News Service – 4/7/19
Malankara-India: In a recent speech at the St. Peters and St. Paul’s Parumala Seminary Church, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II (Catholicos on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas and Malankara Metropolitan) stated that a Native Church (Malankara Nasrani Community) existed in Malankara way before the arrival of foreign Christianity. This statement is in line with the recent research interest with regards to the Pre-Persian, Pre-Portuguese and Pre-Syriac history and origins of the Malankara Nasrani Church.
The Primate also hailed the help and contributions of the Hindu Kings to the Malankara Church and Malankara Nasranis.
Recent research efforts by the Center for Orthodox Studies (COS) under the leadership of Geevan Philip has come up with new findings on the Pre-Nestorian, Pre-Portuguese, Pre-Syriac history of the Malankara Church.
The ancient Orthodox Church of Malankara was established by St. Thomas the Apostle of Christ. The Primate of the Malankara Orthodox Church (Orthodox Syrian Church of the East) is the Chief of the Office of the Catholicate of the East, who is seated on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas. The Primate is also the Chief Custodian of the Malankara Nasranis.
OCP News Service