Welcome His Holiness Abune Mathias, the Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia to India
His Holiness Abune Mathias I, Sixth Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, Archbishop of Axum and Ichege of the See of Saint Taklehaimanot, will be offering a fraternal visit to the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church during the second week of November 2016. His Holiness will reach Kerala on 19th November,His Holiness will be the chief guest of the Bicentennial Memorial of Sabha Jyothis Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysius I, which will be held at Kunnamkulam, Kerala on 20th November, 2016. On 23rd November, His Holiness will participate in the Consecration and Inauguration of St Gregorios International Cancer Institute at Parumala.
The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church belong to the family of Oriental Orthodox Churches which enjoy full communion with each other. His Holiness Patriarch Mathias and His Holiness Catholicos Paulose II, have strived to strengthen the relationship between the two sister Churches, as well as the greater Oriental Orthodox Church.
In March 2013, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East participated in the Enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Abune Mathias I at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa. A delegation led by His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Paulos II attended the Enthronement service of HH Abune Mathias in Ethiopia.. The reception accorded to His Holiness in Ethiopia in March 2013 was colourful. His Holiness got the rare distinction of being the only Head of a Church who attended the Enthronement service of His Holiness Abune Mathias I. The representatives from various Churches celebrated their short services immediately after the enthronement was over.
The last time a ruling Patriarch of the Ethiopian Church offered a fraternal visit to the Malankara Church was in December 2008 by the then Ethiopian Patriarch, His Holiness Abune Paulos of Blessed Memory.Abune Paulose, the late Patriarch of the Ethiopian Church had visited Malankara Church and keen to maintain a good rapport with the Church till his demise. He could galvanize the cooperation between these two Churches started by His Grace Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios and Rev. Fr. Dr. V. C. Samuel. The newly enthroned Patriarch His Holiness Mathias emphasized the need to strengthen the ties between these two Churches when the Catholicos and other delegates visited him and handed over the gifts of the Church, Nearly 8 professors of theology from the Malankara have served the seminaries of the Ethiopian Church