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KCBC-KCMS Joint Meeting

A joint meeting of the bishops, generals and provincials of the Kerala Catholic Church was held in Mother Teresa Auditorium, POC. Rev. Fr. Thomas Manjakunnel CMI [President, KCMS) welcomed the gathering. Special welcome and greetings were accorded to the new members of the joint meeting - Bishop Alex Joseph Vadakumthala and Bishop Peter Abir Antonysamy. His Eminence Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, the President of the KCBC, presided over the meeting. Rev. Fr. Jose Kuriyedath CMI presented the outcomes and findings of the study on the 'Impact of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council in Kerala'. Rev. Dr. Mathai Kadavil QIC and Rev. Sr. Smitha S.D. jointly presented the 'Guidelines for the celebration of the Year of Religious' envisioned by His Holiness Pope Francis. The presentations were followed by discussions. The members stood in silence and paid prayerful tribute to late His Eminence Simon Cardinal Lourdsamy, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, who was called to eternal rest on 2 June 2014. 36 bishops including Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church, Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos Major Archbishop of Syro-Malankara Church, Archbishop Soosa Pakiam, President of Kerala Latin Church and 3 75 major superiors were present.