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Indian prelate and the emeritus Metropolitan of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Philipose Mar Chrysostom dies at the age of 104



His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan Thirumeni passed away at Fellowship Mission Hospital, Kumbanad.

He died today in his home at 1.15 AM on 05.05.2021, information relating to the cause of his death was not made public.

The senior-most metropolitan of Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church celebrated his 102nd birthday at a chapel at Fellowship Memorial Hospital with his followers in Kumbanad. Wit, hilarity and Chrysostom share a bond.

He turned 102 on Saturday in 2019, still remains irrepressible in spirit and vibrant in words.

His celebrated sense of humour floored even Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who called on him at Kumbanad, Pathanamthitta, the day after his birthday in 2019.

He was born to the Adangappurathu Kalamannil family which has produced several priests. Tirumeni’s father was Vicar General K. E. Oommen, Kalamannil, Adangapurathu, Kumbanad.

His mother was Sosamma of Nadukke Veettil, Karthikappally.

On 23 May 1953, Philip Oommen Ramban was consecrated as Philipose Mar Chrysostom Episcopa. During his tenure, he was the president of the National Council of Churches, India and attended the World Council of Churches at Evanston in 1954 and Uppsala in 1968.

He also attended the Second Vatican Council.


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