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Baselios Cleemis


Baselios Cleemis
Major Archbishop-Catholicos, Basileus, Maphrian, Catholicos of India and all east on the Holy Apostolic See of Saint Thomas the Apostle of the Catholic Church[1]
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ChurchSyro-Malankara Catholic Church
ArchdioceseTrivandrum
SeeTrivandrum
Elected8 February 2007
Installed5 March 2007
PredecessorCyril Baselios
Other post(s)
Orders
Ordination11 June 1986
by Cyril Mar Baselios
Consecration15 August 2001
by Cyril Baselios
Created cardinal24 November 2012
by Pope Benedict XVI
RankCardinal priest, Catholicos, Major Archbishop
Personal details
Born
Isaac Thottumkal

(1959-06-15) 15 June 1959 (age 63)
Mukkoor, Thiruvalla, Kerala, India
ParentsMathew Thottumkal
Annamma Thottumkal
Previous post(s)
  • Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum (2001-2003)
  • Titular Bishop of Chayal (2001-2003)
  • Bishop of Tiruvalla (2003-2006)
  • Archbishop of Tiruvalla (2006-2007)
Alma materPontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
MottoTo unite in love
Coat of armsBaselios Cleemis's coat of arms
Styles of
Baselios Cardinal Cleemis
Coat of arms of Cardinal Baselios Cleemis.svg
Reference styleHis Beatitude
Spoken styleYour Beatitude
Informal styleCardinal
Baselios Cleemis In liturgical vestments, 2015

Baselios Cleemis (born 15 June 1959) is the current major archbishop-catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. He was named to the College of Cardinals of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI on 24 November 2012.[2][3]

At the moment of his selection, he was the youngest member of the College of Cardinals. He is the first cardinal of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. On 31 January 2013, he was named a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He served as President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India from 2014 to 2018, and previously served as Chairman of the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council.

Early life

Baselios Cleemis was born on 15 June 1959 as Isaac Thottumkal (alternatively spelled as Thottunkal) in Mukkoor, a small village close to Mallappally town in Pathanamthitta district in the State of Kerala in South India. His parents are Mathew and Annamma Thottumkal.[4] The Thottumkal (Powathikunnel Thottumkal) family is a part of the Pakalomattom family, which is an ancient Saint Thomas Christian family in Kerala.[5][4]

Education

He attended the Minor Seminary Formation in Tiruvalla from 1976 to 1979. He received a B.Phil. degree from St. Joseph's Pontifical Institute, Mangalapuzha, Aluva, where he attended from 1979 to 1982. He received a B.Th. degree from the Papal Seminary, Pune where he attended from 1983 to 1986. Thottunkal was ordained a priest on 11 June 1986. He studied for the Master of Theology in Dharmaram College, Bangalore where he attended from 1986 to 1989. Thottunkal took his Doctorate in Ecumenical Theology from Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome in 1997.[6][7]

Full Name and Titles

His Eminent Beatitude Cardinal, Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholica Bava, Major Archbishop-Catholicos of Thiruvananthapuram. Baselios and Maphrian[8] are also a titles used in the Eastern Catholic churches for bishops of high rank granted by the Holy See to the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church on 6 November 1995.[3]

Episcopal career

On his return from Rome he became the Vicar General (Proto Syncellus) of the Eparchy of Bathery. Pope John Paul II nominated Aboon Isaac Mar Cleemis as Apostolic Visitor and the Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum on 18 June 2001 for the Syro-Malankarites residing in North America and Europe. He was consecrated on 15 August 2001 at Tirumoolapuram, Tiruvalla, assuming the name Isaac Mar Cleemis.

The Holy See appointed Cleemis as sixth Bishop of the Eparchy of Tiruvalla on 11 September 2003. Cleemis was installed as the first Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archieparchy of Tiruvalla on 10 June 2006.

Baselios Cleemis was unanimously elected as the Catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church through the first Holy Episcopal Synod of election of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church convoked on 7-10 February 2007 at Catholicate Centre, Pattom, Trivandrum. Pope Benedict XVI approved the election on 9 February and it was announced on 10 February at St. Mary's Cathedral, Pattom, Trivandrum. He assumed the name Baselios Cleemis; Cleemis was enthroned the Second Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church on 5 March 2007 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Pattom, Trivandrum. Cardinal Telesphore Toppo and Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil participated in the installation ceremony.

Cleemis was elevated to the College of Cardinals of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI on 24 November 2012.[3] As Cardinal-Priest he was assigned the titular church of San Gregorio VII. He is the first bishop of the Syro-Malankara Church and the fifth Keralite to be named a cardinal. He said it was a sign of the Pope's appreciation of Indian Catholics' "unity in diversity", and cited the witness, the defense of human life, and the example of authentic prayer given by Mother Teresa of Kolkata.[9]

On 31 January 2013, Cleemis was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as a Member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Cleemis participated as a cardinal-elector in the conclave that elected Pope Francis.[2] Because he was the first bishop from the Syro-Malankara Church to be made cardinal, he also was the first cardinal from the Syro-Malankara Church ever to participate as a cardinal-elector in a papal conclave.[10]

References

  1. ^ "Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos". Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. Archived from the original on 26 April 2010. Retrieved 2022.
  2. ^ a b Miranda, Salvador. "Conclave of March 2013". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. OCLC 53276621.
  3. ^ a b c "Annuncio di Concistoro per la Creazione di Sei Nuovi Cardinali" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 24 October 2012. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b "His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos". www.catholicate.net. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "History of Pakalomattom Family". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Les six nouveaux cardinaux de Benoît XVI". La Croix. 24 October 2012 – via www.la-croix.com.
  7. ^ "THOTTUNKAL Card. Baselios Cleemis". press.vatican.va.
  8. ^ "hierarchy_home". 26 April 2010. Archived from the original on 26 April 2010. Retrieved 2022.
  9. ^ "Cardinal-designate says pope appreciates diversity of Indian church". www.catholicnews.com. 25 October 2012. Archived from the original on 28 October 2012. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis left for Rome". Malankara Catholic News. 28 February 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Paulos Philoxinos Ayyamkulangara
-- TITULAR --
Titular Bishop of Chayal
18 June 2001 - 11 September 2003
Succeeded by
Gheevarghese Aprem Kurisummottil
Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum
18 June 2001 - 11 September 2003
Succeeded by
Joseph Thomas Konnath
Preceded by Bishop of Tiruvalla
11 September 2003 - 15 May 2006
Diocese elevated to archdiocese
Diocese elevated to archdiocese Archbishop of Tiruvalla
15 May 2006 - 10 February 2007
Succeeded by
Thomas Koorilos Chakkalapadickal
Preceded by Major Archbishop of Trivandrum
10 February 2007 -
Incumbent
President of the Synod of the Syro-Malankarese Church
10 February 2007 -
No prior officeholder Second Vice-President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
19 February 2008 - 1 March 2010
Succeeded by
George Punnakottil
Preceded by Vice-President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
1 March 2010 - 12 February 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal-Priest of San Gregorio VII
24 November 2012 -
Incumbent
Preceded by President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
12 February 2014 - 9 February 2018
Succeeded by

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