STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Final Resting Place of Fr Chavara is Mannanam: Syro-Malabar Church

Published: 29th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th August 2014 04:48 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: Even as opinions continue to be divided on the final resting place of Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the Syro-Malabar Church on Thursday issued a statement categorically reiterating that the final resting place of Fr Chavara was Mannanam in Kottayam district. “Fr Chavara was a leader of renaissance  in Kerala. He lived and died in Koonammavu here and his mortal remains are kept at Mannanam,” observed the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church being held at Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad, the headquarters  of the Church. The observation by Syro-Malabar Church bishops’ Synod gains significance in the wake of the differences of opinion between the  Latin Catholics and Syro-Malabar community over the resting place of Fr Chavara. The Latin Catholics have already expressed their protest over giving importance to Mannanam than Koonammavu, where Fr Chavara lived the last seven years of his life, died and was first buried. The mortal remains were later shifted to Mannanam.  

Chavara.jpgRecently, Kerala Latin Catholic Association (KLCA) a prominent organisation of the Latin Catholics, had come out with a statement expressing protest over the alleged misinterpretation of history in government procedures, in connection with the canonisation of Blessed Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara. “Fr Chavara spent the last seven years of his life at the St Philomena’s Church, Koonammavu.

He died here. The room in which Fr Chavara lived and his tomb are visited by thousands of devotees. “It is unfortunate that the government gives undue importance to Mannanam, which is the final resting place of Fr Chavara,” said KLCA leaders in the statement.

The KLCA also does not admit the claim that  it was Fr Chavara who issued a pastoral letter asking to set up schools attached to the churches in the State.  “The  pastoral letter was issued by Archbishop Bernard Becchinelli, the then head of Verapoly Vicariate. In the Catholic Church, the authority to issue pastoral letters is vested with bishops only. Fr Chavara, who was the vicar-general, could not have issued a pastoral letter,” the KLCA leaders point out.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp