The Cardinal said that his decades-long relationship with the prelate helped him understand many of his leadership skills as well.
Dr Joseph Mar Thoma was behind the move to admit women to all the sessions of Maramon Convention and make transgender persons speak at the gathering.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the Metropolitan fought against social evils throughout his life.
Rev George recalls days gone by in 1976, when they started a ‘cassette ministry’ to bring out the songs of the Maramon Conventions.
Joseph Mar Thoma's official name was PT Joseph and he had served as Vicar of Ranni, Kozhikode, Kundara, Madras and Thiruvananthapuram parishes.
The recent Synod meeting of the Jacobite Church had decided to strengthen its relationship with the Mar Thoma Church.
Modi said the Mar Thoma Church is closely linked with the novel ideals of St Thomas, the apostle of Lord Christ.
Delivering the concluding message of the 125th Maramon Convention on Sunday, the metropolitan said love, trust and compassion of Jesus should reach people belonging to all sections of society.