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Monday, 26 November 2012

Celebrations Mark Centenary of the Establishment of the Catholicate of the Malankara Church

00 Malankara Orthodox. 26.11.12

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On Sunday, Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso addressed the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church centenary celebration, saying that India’s an example for the world because many religious sects co-exist in the country today. He noted, “Spiritually, the country occupies a very important place and its tradition is relevant today. Harmony can be more effective if love and compassion are practised in daily life. Now, everyone talks about money, which is important, but one must not forget peace of mind and spirituality”. Addressing the gathering, former Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam said that people should embrace a fusion uniting economic prosperity and a spiritual way of life. He also emphasised the importance of imparting moral values during early education.

Releasing a Centenary souvenir on the occasion, Chief Minister of Kerala State Oommen Chandy {a Malankara Orthodox believer: editor} said that the social responsibility of religious organisations gives stability to society. Delivering the presidential speech, Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose Paul, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, said that Malankara Orthodox people never wanted quarrels or undue privilege, only justice and the rule of law, observing, “We’re a peace loving community. We appeal to the government to act courageously, to give justice per the law of the land, to resolve conflicts in the community”. He added that the Church would set aside 1 billion Rupees (556 million Roubles. 18 million USD. 13.8 million Euros. 11.2 million UK Pounds) for social welfare schemes, including assistance to heart and cancer patients, building homes for the homeless, and providing financial aid to poor students. Union Minister K V Thomas {a Catholic believer: editor}, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Kerala Hibi Eden (INC/Ernakulam District), General Secretary of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam Shri Vellapally Natesan {a Hindu believer: editor}, Metropolitan Mar Aprem Mooken (Chaldean Syrian Church of the East in India), Rev Thomas K Ommen (Church of South India), and Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany (INC) were present at the fete.

26 November 2012

Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/World-should-follow-Indias-example-Dalai-Lama/articleshow/17366444.cms

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The Catholicate of the Malankara Church was established in 1912. Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Paulose Bava of Kandanad became the first Catholicos in 1912. To mark the centenary of the establishment of the Catholicate of the Malankara Church, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church announced that it’d carry out a billion Rupee programme of charitable work in the centenary year. The Catholicos, Baselios Marthoma Paulose Paul, who made the announcement at the launch of the centenary celebrations here on Sunday, said that the works would include building houses for homeless Church members, meeting the wedding expenses of widows’ daughters, providing education assistance and health insurance for the poor, and relief to farmers in debt. The Catholicos said that aid would also go for the treatment of cancer and heart disease, and for dialysis. In a veiled reference to an earlier split in the church, he called for peace and unity in the Syrian church, saying, “We hold the same beliefs; we should be in the same camp”. He said that St Thomas the Apostle founded the Malankara Church in AD 52; hence, the Church was now celebrating its 1,960th anniversary, together with the centenary of the Catholicate.

A large number of religious, political, church, and community leaders… including Archbishop Emeritus Mar Joseph Powathil of the Archdiocese of Changanassery (Syro-Malabar Catholic Church), Metropolitan Mar Aprem Mooken (Chaldean Syrian Church of the East in India), Union Minister K V Thomas, General Secretary of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam Shri Vellapally Natesan, and Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany (INC)… attended the public meeting. Tens of thousands of Orthodox believers from throughout Kerala showed up. A huge rally in the city marked the centenary. In view of the huge crowd expected to attend the meeting, the police announced traffic restrictions. However, there were disruptions of traffic on the key roads in the city.

26 November 2012

The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/church-chalks-out-rs-100crore-charity-works/article4136341.ece

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Thousands Came to Hear the Dalai Lama on Tallinn’s Town Hall Square

The crowd gathered to hear the Dalai Lama in Tallinn‘s Town Hall Square 

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Tenzin Gyatso (1935- ), His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, seen during his recent visit to Estonia

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On Wednesday, a large audience gathered for a public speech of the Tibetan spiritual leader in the Estonian capital. Our Interfax correspondent reported that Town Hall Square, the largest square in Tallinn {75 x 75 metres = 246 x 246 feet = 5,625 square metres = .5625 hectare = 60,516 square feet = @1.39 acres: editor}, was full of people, many carrying the flag of Tibet. Pointing up its universal significance, the Dalai Lama emphasised the importance of the Tibetan flag. “The Chinese authorities claim that Tibet has separatist yearnings. Well, during a meeting in 1954, Mao Zedong asked me if Tibet had a flag. After slightly hesitating, I replied that, yes, we do have one. Then, he said that we could keep it (the flag). If you have any problems, you can say that you have Mao Zedong’s permission [to fly your flag]”, the Dalai Lama said. He laid stress on the fact, “Tibet doesn’t wish to weaken the Chinese state; we only want the opportunity to develop our own culture”.

Parliamentarians from the Baltic states also met with the Dalai Lama, who expressed the hope that these countries would support Tibet. “Don’t forget about our fate”, he said. In particular, Lithuanian MPs stated that they doubted that senior officials in their country were willing to accept a visit from the Dalai Lama. Dalia Kuodytė {a Neoliberal “conservative” pro-American pro-“Free Market” lickspittle: editor}, the head of the interparliamentary relations section of the Lithuanian Seimas, after a meeting with the Dalai Lama, told the news agency BNS that if one supports Tibet, it leads to pressure on the part of the Chinese authorities. “I could issue an invitation on my own initiative, but it’s a great responsibility, it depends on other people’s approval, not only mine… I’m not even sure that it’d be taken seriously, so, I’d be irresponsible, at least, to issue such an invitation”, she said. Ms Kuodytė mentioned that the Lithuanian leadership would consider this very question in September. She went on to say, “There was much intimidation and pressure deployed against Estonia, but give them credit, they stood up to it”.

17 August 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=41879

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