Baselios Paulose II

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This article is about Baselios Paulose II, Catholicos of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church from 1975 to 2002. For the incumbent Catholicos of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, see Baselios Thomas I.
Aboun More Baselios Paulose II
Catholicos of India
Catholicos of India Baselios Paulose II
Church Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch
See Jacobite Syrian Christian Church
In office 1975 — 1996
Successor Aboun More Baselios Thomas I
Personal details
Born June 12, 1914
Kandanad, India
Died September 1, 1996

Catholicos Baselios Paulose II (born as Philoxenus Joseph Paulose in Kandanad, India June 12, 1914 – died September 1, 1996) was the First Maphrian of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church (Syriac Orthodox Church of India).

Early life[edit]

Paulose was born on June 12, 1914 to the Vicar of Cherai St. Mary's church, Kasheesho Puthusseri Joseph and Elizabeth. He was named P. J. Paulose and completed his secondary education at Cherai Ramavarma High School. After completing college education at Kottayam CMS College and Alwaye Union Christian College, Paulose joined the Manjinikkara Dayaro. Paulose continued his Syriac education under Rabban Abdul Ahad (later Patriarch Yaqub III).

Holy Orders[edit]


In 1934, Mor Yulius Elias, the delegate of the Patriarch to Malankara, ordained Paulose as deacon. In 1938, Yulius ordained him priest at Manjinikkara Dayaro (Monastery). Later Paulose became secretary to Yulius and malphono at Manjinikkara Dayaro.


On April 25, 1952, the Kandanad diocesan delegates meeting selected Kasheesho Paulose to succeed late Paulose Mor Athanasios who had relinquished his additional duties as the metropolitan of Kandanad due to illness. Patriarch Aphrem I ordained Kasheesho P. J. Paulose with the name Mor Philoxenus on October 19, 1952 at Homs, Syria.


On September 7, 1975, Patriarch Yakub III consecrated Mor Philoxenus as Catholicos of the East. On September 14, 1980, he made history consecrating Mor Ignatios Zakka I Iwas, Archbishop of Baghdad, as the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch; this was the first time in the long history of the Patriarchate of Antioch that a Catholicos from Malankara officiated at the consecration of a Patriarch. He also ordained six bishops for the Malankara church.

Death and entombment[edit]

The remains of Catholicos Basileus Paulose II are interred in a tomb in Malekuishu Deiro near Puthenkurishu in Ernakulam District, Kerala.

It is believed that, during his transit to hospital from pampakuda just before death, he stopped his car in front of Mar Gregorious Jacobite Syrian Church, North Marady and drank water from there.

Preceded by

Catholicos of India of the
Jacobite Syrian Christian Church

Succeeded by
Catholicos Baselios Thomas I

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