Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II steps down: Baselios Marthoma Didimos I New Catholicos of the East - 7th Catholicos since the Catholicate was relocated to India and 90th in the Apostolic throne of St. Thomas
Parumala: October 31 2005: Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II, supreme Head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and Malankara Metropolitan, stepped down from the highest ecclesiastical position of the Church on Sunday. Immediately after the stepping down of the his position as Malankara Metropolitan, Catholicos Elect Thomas Mar Thimothios assumed the office of Malankara Metropolitan. The new Catholicos was enthroned as His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Didimos I during the Holy Eucharist at Parumala Church today.
Thomas Mar Thimothios was consecrated as Bishop on August 24, 1966 and has been serving as Metropolitan of the Malabar Diocese of the church. He is the seventh Catholicos from Malankara Orthodox Church and 90th Catholicos on this throne. He is also the 19th Malankara Metropolitan of the Church.
The former Catholicos, who is in his nineties and the world’s oldest serving bishop in any of the Christian denominations, has decided to relinquish the post to his successor Catholicos Elect Thomas Mar Thimothios.
(courtesy: IOH News Service)