Kerala: Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom, the senior-most metropolitan of the Thiruvalla headquartered Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, passed away at a private hospital in Thiruvalla due to age related ailments, the Church officials said. He was 104. He had not been keeping well lately and underwent Covid-19 tests. While his antigen test turned out positive, RT-PCR suggested that he was negative.
He was ordained as a priest in 1944 and became a bishop in 1953 and went on to head the Church as it's Metropolitan in 1999 before voluntarily stepping down in 2007. Even post retirement, he used to take part in church services in his official attire. For his honorary services, he was awarded with Padma Bhushan in 2018.
Pouring his condolences, three time Chief Minister and former Defence Minister A.K. Antony said, "He was not just the head of a particular Church, but he was one who was liked by all cutting across religions. At times when issues surfaced in the state, he came to the front to restore peace and communal harmony. When I was recently convalescing at a hospital in Delhi for a while, he came in a wheel chair to see me and comforted me," said Antony.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also paid his tributes and called his passig away a big loss. "He was known for his progressive thoughts and actions. And to live beyond 100 years in itself is considered to be very lucky and he not only lived beyond 100, but used his life for the well being of others," said Vijayan.
"He was known for his progressive thoughts and actions. And to live beyond 100 years in itself is considered to be very lucky and he not only lived beyond 100, but used his life for the well being of others," said Vijayan.