Cyril Baselios

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His Beatitude Moran Mor
Cyril Baselios Catholicos
Major Archbishop - Catholicos
Native name സിറില്‍ ബസേലിയോസ് കതോലിക്കാ ബാവ
Church Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
Archdiocese Trivandrum
See Trivandrum, India
Appointed 6 November 1995
Term ended 18 January 2007
Predecessor Benedict Mar Gregorios
Successor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos
Ordination 4 October 1960
Consecration 28 December 1978
by Benedict Mar Gregorios
Personal details
Birth name James Malancharuvil
Born (1935-08-16)16 August 1935
Pandalam, Kerala
Died 18 January 2007(2007-01-18) (aged 71)
Trivandrum, Kerala
Previous post Metropolitan Bishop of Bathery (1978–1995)

Moran Mor Cyril Baselios Catholicos (Malayalam: സിറില്‍ ബസേലിയോസ് കാതോലിക്കാ ബാവ ) or when referring exclusively to his being a Major Archbishop, Cyril Baselios Malancharuvil O.I.C. (born James Malancharuvil, 1935 – 2007) was the first Major Archbishop - Catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church based in Trivandrum, Kerala, elevated by Pope John Paul II.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Pandalam, Kerala on 16 August 1935. His birth name was James Malancharuvil.[1] In 1951 he entered in the Order of the Imitation of Christ (O.I.C.) and took the religious name of Cyril. He studied in Rome and was ordained priest on 4 October 1960.


He received a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1965, after taking a master's degree in psychology from St. John's University in New York City. He taught at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary in Kottayam and St. Joseph's Pontifical Institute, Mangalapuzha, Aluva.


He was named as Bishop of the Diocese of Bathery on 28 October 1978, and consecrated on 28 December 1978 by Benedict Mar Gregorios[2] with the name Cyril Mar Baselios. He was made the Metropolitan Archbishop and head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church on 6 November 1995. He received the pallium from Pope John Paul II on 9 January 1996 in Vatican City.

Major Archbishop-Catholicos[edit]

The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church raised to the status of a Major Archiepiscopal Church sui iuris on February 10, 2005 and received the supra archiepiscopal title of Catholicos according to the tradition of Malankara Church and according to the norms of Motu Proprio "Cleri Sanctitati" Can. 335. The Holy See of Rome approved of this by giving recognition to the "Code of Particular Canons of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church".[3]

He had good ecumenical relations with the Indian Orthodox Church, Syriac Orthodox Church, Mar Thoma Church and other St. Thomas churches. Moran Mor Cyril Baselios died suddenly of a heart attack on 18 January 2007, in Trivandrum.[2]


  1. ^ "His Beatitude Moran Mor Cyril Baselios Catholicos". Catholic Diocese of Bathery. Retrieved 15 Febr 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Archbishop Cyril Baselios Malancharuvil, O.I.C.". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  3. ^ The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, The Code of Particular Canons of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, Major Archiepiscopal Curia, Trivandrum, 2012, xi

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Benedict Mar Gregorios
as Metropolitan Archbishop of Trivandrum
Major Archbishop of Trivandrum
Succeeded by
Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos