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Personal Parish For Knanaya Catholics

A personal parish for Knanaya Catholics will have only Knanaya Catholics as its members Continue reading

Mar George Njaralakatt New Archbishop of Tellicherry

Mar George Njaralakatt is appointed as the new Archbishop of Tellicherry Continue reading

Couples Meet Vitalize Family Life, Thiruvanchoor

Minister Thiruvanchoor says couples meet vitalize family life Continue reading

Feast of St Pius X

On Aug. 21, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of Pope Saint Pius X Continue reading

K.M. Mani Inaugurated Farmers’ Day Celebrations

Finance Minister K.M. Mani inaugurated the Farmers’ Day Celebrations at Cherpunkal Continue reading

Rev.Sr. Divya, New Superior General of PSA

Rev. Sr. Divya has been elected Superior General of the congregation of PSA Continue reading

Prayer Day for Iraq: KCBC

Pray for the persecuted minorities in Iraq on 17th, 24th August Continue reading

Assumption of Our Lady and the Independence day

Pray for the nation and seek the blessings of the Holy Mother Continue reading

About Us

The Eparchy of Kottayam was erected exclusively for the Southist (Knanaya) Catholics in 1911. The Knanaya Community traces its origin from a group of Jewish-Christian emigrants from Southern Mesopotamia to the South Indian port of Cranganore in AD 345, who formed themselves into an endogamous community. They co-existed peacefully in the Indian nation and fulfilled their missionary purpose of re-invigorating the Church of St Thomas Christians. The original community consisted of about 400 persons belonging to 72 families of seven septs headed by Thomas of Kynai. A bishop by name Uraha Mar Yousef, four priests and several deacons were among them.

As the Catholicos of the East had promised the emigrants that he would send from time to time bishops to India, Uraha Mar Yousef had successors till the end of the 16th century. Under the East Syrian Bishops, the Knanaya Community had their own churches and priests distinct from those of the non-Knanaya St Thomas Christians. This system continued also under the Latin Rite European bishops, who governed the St Thomas Christians...


Ecclesiastical Hierarchy

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Contact Us

Catholic Metropolitan’s House
P.B. No. 71, Kottayam - 686 001, Kerala, India
Phone: 0481-2563527, 2563812, 2300453 Fax: 0481-2563327


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