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The Pope, far from being on “vacation” during his summer respite from the heat of Rome has today erected  an Exarchate for Syro-Malankara Catholics in the United States.  The Syro-Malankara Catholics are an “Eastern Rite” Catholic Church.  Eastern Rite Catholics are part of a “Particular” Church, which addresses its specific liturgical history.  For instance the Byzantine Rite Catholics would have a liturgy and tradition that is significantly different from the Roman (or Latin) Rite Catholics.  These Eastern Rite Catholics are in union with the Pope in Rome, and would follow his teachings on faith and morals, along with the rest of the ONE church.  The difference lies, as said, mostly in liturgical and traditional areas.  For instance, the Most Holy Rosary became a very significant devotion in the Latin Church, while in the Byzantine Church their “equivalent” is a set of beads on which they pray the “Jesus Prayer,” (“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner”).

The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church comes from one of the particular churches founded by St. Thomas the Apostle before his death in India, and this Particular Church was formed in 1930, breaking away from an ancient schismatic monophysite  church.  And, indeed, the Syro-Malankara is based in India.  This Rite has approximately 500,000 Catholics in India, another 12,000 in the United States and Canada, and another 25,000 around the world.

Currently the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church (their Patriarch, as it were) is Baselios Cleemis.

The article from Vatican Radio is here, and of course, you can find out much more information by going to Wiki, like I did.


July 14, 2010 - Posted by | Religious Link | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. What is an “Exarchate?”

    Comment by Christine Pennacchio | July 14, 2010 | Reply

    • An exarchate is basically a structure set up to tend to the pastoral needs of a particular eastern rite church in geographical areas outside of their original place. It is not at the same level as a diocese, necessarily, but it may have a bishop or a priest at its head, known as the Exarch.

      Comment by Francis | July 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. Oh ok cool

    Comment by Christine Pennacchio | July 15, 2010 | Reply

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