Bishop George Njaralakatt becomes Archbishop for Syro-Malabar Church
Pope Francis approved the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church’s decision to name Bishop George Njaralakatt as the new Archbishop for the Syro-Malabarese Archeparchy of Tellicherry. His Mass of Installation will be held on October 30. The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church which is headed by the Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly and which is based in Kerala.
Bishop George Njaralakatt
He was born in 1946 in the village of Kalayanthany, more than 20 miles Southeast of Kothamangalam, in Kerala, India. He attended minor seminary at St. Joseph's in Thalassery 1963-65 and studied theology at St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary in Aluva from 1965-1972. In 1971, he was ordained a priest for the Syro-Malabarese Archeparchy of Tellicherry, whither he has now returned as its bishop. Two years later, he was incardinated into the Syro-Malabarese Eparchy of Mananthavady.
He later studied at Rome’s Salesian Pontifical University, where in 1986, he earned a licentiate in catechetic and in 2007, he was incardinated into the Syro-Malabarese Eparchy of Bhadravthi, in Karnataka state. In 2010, he was consecrated Bishop of the newly-established Syro-Malabarese Eparchy of Mandya, located in Karnataka. He remained there until his transfer to Thalassery.
While the Mandya eparchy served some 5,000 Catholics, he will now shepherd nearly 308,000 Catholics in the Thalassery area. These represent more than eight percent of the eparchy's totally population. The Church elects its bishops through a synod, with its choices later approved by the Pope. This differs from the Latin-rite Church, where the Pope appoints all bishops directly.
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