Maran Mar Antony Padiyara

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Antony Padiyara
Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly
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See Ernakulam-Angamaly
Installed 23 April 1985
Predecessor Mar Joseph Parecattil
Successor Maran Mar Varkey Vithayathil
Other posts Bishop of Ootacamund (1955–1970)
Archbishop of Changanassery (1970–1985)
Orders
Ordination 19 December 1945
Consecration 3 July 1955
Created Cardinal 28 June 1988
Personal details
Born (1921-02-11)11 February 1921
Manimala, Travancore
Died 23 March 2000(2000-03-23) (aged 79)
Kakkanad, Kerala, India
Nationality India
Denomination Syro-Malabar Church

Maran Mar Antony Padiyara (11 February 1921 – 23 March 2000) was an East Syrian Catholic Achbishop. He was the First Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. He was Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly from 1985 to 1996, having previously served as Bishop of Ootacamund (1955–1970) and Archbishop of Changanassery (1970–1985). He was elevated to the cardinalate in 1988.

Biography[edit]

Born in Manimala, Travancore, Antony Padiyara studied at St. Peter's Regional Seminary in Bangalore and was ordained to the priesthood on 19 December 1945.[1] He was incardinated into the Latin Rite Diocese of Coimbatore, where he served as curate at Peria Kodiveri and pastor at Kollegal and Ootacamund between 1946 and 1952.[2] He became rector of the minor seminary in 1952 and a professor at St. Peter's Regional Seminary in 1954.[2]

On 3 July 1955, Padiyara was appointed Bishop of Ootacamund by Pope Pius XII.[1] He received his episcopal consecration on the following 16 October from Bishop René-Jean-Baptiste-Germain Feuga, with Bishop Francis Xavier Muthappa and Archbishop Matthew Kavukattu serving as co-consecrators.[1] After attending the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, Padiyara returned to the Syro-Malabar Rite upon being promoted to Archbishop of Changanassery on 13 June 1970.[1] He was elected Vice President of the Indian Episcopal Conference (1976), President of the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (1983), and President of the Syro-Malabar Bishops Conference (1984).[2] In one of the acts of his short-lived papacy, Pope John Paul I named him Apostolic visitor to the Syro-Malabar Catholics in Kerala on 8 September 1978.[2]

Padiyara was appointed Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly by Pope John Paul II on 23 April 1985.[1] He was created Cardinal Priest of S. Maria "Regina Pacis" a Monte Verde in the consistory of 28 June 1988. When the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly was elevated to the rank of a major archdiocese on 16 December 1992, Padiyara became a Major Archbishop and thus head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.[1] During this period, the powers of Major Archbishop were vested in the Pontifical Delegate Mar Abraham Kattumana (1992–1995). Within the Roman Curia, he was a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of the Code of Oriental Canon Law.[3] After reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, he resigned as Major Archbishop on 11 November 1996, after eleven years of service. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998.[2]

He later died at the Cardinal Padiyara Nature Cure Centre in Kakkanad, which he himself had founded, aged 79. He is buried in St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica in Ernakulam.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Antony Cardinal Padiyara". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Miranda, Salvador. "PADIYARA, Antony". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. 
  3. ^ "About us". Cardinal Padiyara Public School. 
Preceded by
Diocese Established
Bishop of Ootacamund
1955–-1970
Succeeded by
Packiam Arokiaswamy
Preceded by
Mathew Kavukattu
Archbishop of Changanassery
1970–-1985
Succeeded by
Joseph Powathil
Preceded by
Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary
Major Archbishop of Ernakulam
1985–-1996
Succeeded by
Mar Varkey Vithayathil

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