Syro-Malankara Catholic Church

Malankara Syriac Catholic Church

Total population

Founder

St. Thomas the Apostle (A.D. 52)

Archbishop Mar Ivanios (1930)

Current Head:

Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos

Regions with significant populations

·India

500,000

·United States

10,000

·United Arab Emirates

5,000

·Canada

2,000

·Australia

2,000

·Germany

5,000

·United Kingdom

2,000

·Saudi Arabia

5,000

·Oman

2,000

·Qatar

1,000

·Kuwait

2,000

·Ireland

1,000

Religions

Christianity

Scriptures

Bible

Languages

Vernacular:

Malayalam, Tamil, English

Liturgical:

Syriac, Malayalam, Tamil, English, Hindi

The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church (also known as Malankara Syrian Catholic Church, Malankara Syriac Catholic Church) is an Antiochian Rite, Major Archiepiscopal sui iuris Eastern Catholic Church in the Catholic Communion, in union with the Pope of Rome, historically linked to the Syrian Church. It is one of several groups of Saint Thomas Christians tracing their origin to St. Thomas the Apostle who is claimed to have come to India in A.D. 52. In the course of time, due to the latinization policy of the Portuguese, the Church in Kerala was divided in two; the group who rejected the Catholic ecclesiastical authorities eventually became known as the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church.

From: Wikipedia



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