Interference of religion in politics not desirable: Catholicos

The Catholicos of the east and Malankara Metropolitan, Baselius Mar Thomas Paulose II has said it is `not desirable` for religion to interfere in politics.

Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 17:59 PM IST

Kunnamkulam: The Catholicos of the east
and Malankara Metropolitan, Baselius Mar Thomas Paulose II has
said it is `not desirable` for religion to interfere in
politics.

The 64-year-old was consecrated as Catholicos of the
east and Malankara Metroplitan on Nov 1 at Parumala Saint
Paul`s and St Peter`s Church.

Kunnamkulam: The Catholicos of the east
and Malankara Metropolitan, Baselius Mar Thomas Paulose II has
said it is `not desirable` for religion to interfere in
politics.

The 64-year-old was consecrated as Catholicos of the
east and Malankara Metroplitan on Nov 1 at Parumala Saint
Paul`s and St Peter`s Church.

The church would take all efforts to bring down value
erosion and moral degeneration in society and create political
awareness on the right direction for benefit of society, he said.

Priority would be given for unity of various factions of
the church with a view to maintaining permanent peace.

The difference between his church and the Jacobite syrian
church was not based on `faith`, but only on administration
and ownership of property, he said.

The catholicos expressed the hope that unity would soon
prevail among the two rival factions and added that dialogue
with the orthodox and catholic church would resume next month.

He alleged that globalisation had created an `adverse`
impact on the church the world over, as it laid stress on
`material prosperity`.

He said divorces among Christians has seen a rapid increase
in the past 2 decades. The number of such cases, which were
one or two about 25 years ago, had gone up to 10 per month,
which he attributed to the adverse impact of globalisation.

He is the third catholicos of the east hailing from the
Kunnamkulam Duomo Church (Bhadrasana Palli).

PTI
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Repatriation of Brus from Tripura begin (States-Northeast)

Aizawl: The repatriation of Bru refugees
from six relief camps in Tripura began on Wednesday with 35 Bru
families returning to Mamit district in Mizoram.

State home department officials said, with one family
crossing over to Mizoram yesterday, 36 families have returned
and around 17 families were likely to return tomorrow.

Bru families who returned were provided vehicles by
the Tripura government. The transport expenses would be
reimbursed by the Mizoram government with funds received from
the Union Home Ministry, the official said.

The repatriation process began with protests from
anti-repatriation hardliners who demanded a series of
commitments from the Centre and the Mizoram government.

PTI