Syro-Malankara bishop serving in U.S. named head of new eparchy in India

Syro-Malankara bishop serving in U.S. named head of new eparchy in India

Syro-Malankara bishop serving in U.S. named head of new eparchy in India

Pope Francis waves as he greets members, consultors and guests of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue June 9 at the Vatican. Behind the pope applauding is Cardinal Telesphore Toppo of Ranchi, India, center, and Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, major archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Church. The group was holding its plenary assembly in Rome June 7-9. (Credit: CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano.)

In July 2010, Pope Benedict XVI established the Elmont-based eparchy as an exarchate for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States. Now with the approval of Pope Francis, the synod of bishops of the Syro-Malankara Church has elected as the first bishop of the eparchy they set up in India, Bishop Thomas Eusebius Naickamparampil.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The synod of bishops of the Syro-Malankara Church has erected the Eparchy of Parassala, India, and with the assent of Pope Francis, has elected as the first bishop of the eparchy Bishop Thomas Eusebius Naickamparampil, who is currently serving Syro-Malankara Catholics in the U.S. and Canada.

Naickamparampil heads the Syro-Malankara Eparchy of St. Mary Queen of Peace of the U.S. and Canada, which is based in Elmont, New York.

Pope Francis also has given his assent to the nomination of Auxiliary Bishop Philipose Stephanos Thattahil of Tiruvalla, India, to succeed Naickamparampil.

The appointments were announced in Washington Aug. 5 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

In July 2010, Pope Benedict XVI established the Elmont-based eparchy as an exarchate for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States. Naickamparampil was installed to head the exarchate in October 2010. In December 2015, Pope Francis elevated the exarchate to the status of an eparchy and extended its territory to include Canada.

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