Metropolitan Archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil passes away at 92

Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 18 (IANS): Metropolitan Archbishop (Emeritus) Mar Joseph Powathil passed away in Kottayam district on Saturday afternoon. He was 92.

He was leading a retired life at the Changanacherry Syro Malabar Catholic Church campus which he headed from 1985 till he retired in 2007.

Ordained as a priest in 1962, he was consecrated as a bishop by Pope Paul VI in 1972 and was known for his positions that he took and was a hugely respected bishop cutting across religions.

He also studied Economics at the prestigious Oxford University.

Later, he taught the subject at the famed SB College Changanacherry and was the teacher of two-time former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

He was a former president of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) (1994-1998), chairman of Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (1993-1996), and chairman of Education Commission of the CBCI.

He has been a member of the Post Asian Synodal Council in Rome, Italy since 1998.

Condolences have started to pour in from various quarters and the Church is yet to decide on the conduct of the last rites of the departed.








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  • Thomas George, Changanacherry

    Sun, Mar 19 2023

    We learned the blessing of catechism, through the thought leadership of Mar Joseph Powathil, priests and other leaders. As laity we look forward to Heavenly interventions in world matters through our prayers and attendance to church functions as envisaged by you. Thank You.

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  • Leeda Fernandes, Bellore-Denmark

    Sun, Mar 19 2023

    Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members may His soul rest in peace Amen

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Sat, Mar 18 2023

    Rest in Peace, dear Most Rev. Archbishop.

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Sat, Mar 18 2023

    A Very Great Dedicated Soul ! Our dear Archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil ! Lord will accept Him into His Wonderful Paradise !!!

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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Sat, Mar 18 2023

    My sincere prayers. Rest in peace.

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  • Fredrick Sequeira, Kallianpur

    Sat, Mar 18 2023

    We the Latin Rite Catholics do not know much about the Syro Malabar Catholics , but hoing through the news His Grace seems to have contributed immensely to to the Entire Catholic Church of India. Heartfelt condolences to the C.B.C.I. May Jesus The Good Shepherd carry His Eminence on His Shoulders n reward hom with His Heavenly Magnificence.

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  • Michael, Brahmavar

    Sat, Mar 18 2023

    RiP. Original Church of St. Thomas Christians in Kerala split into 8 by Potuguese and British. 2 (Syro-malabar and Malankara Catholic ) joined Catholic Church. 2 joined protestant (Anglican reformation), 2 remain orthodox ( Jacobite and Malankara) with different leadership in Syria and India. Remaining 2 are independent orthodox.

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