List of Major Archbishops of Thiruvananthapuram

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His Beatitude Moran Mor
Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos
Major Archbishop of Trivandrum
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Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos
Native name ബസേലിയോസ് കര്‍ദ്ദിനാള്‍ ക്ലിമ്മീസ് കാതോലിക്കാ ബാവ
Church Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
Archdiocese Trivandrum
See Trivandrum, India
Appointed 10 February 2007
Installed 5 March 2007
Predecessor Cyril Baselios Malancharuvil
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of San Gregorio VII
Orders
Ordination 11 June 1986
by Cyril Baselios Malancharuvil
Consecration 15 August 2001
by Cyril Baselios Malancharuvil
Created Cardinal 24 November 2012
Rank Cardinal-Priest

The Major Archbishops of Thiruvananthapuram is the head of the Major Archdiocese of Trivandrum in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The Major Archbishop, a position equivalent to Patriarch and locally called as Head & Father of Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.

Pope Pius XI, through the Apostolic Constitution Christo Pastorum Principi of June 11, 1932, established the Syro-Malankara Hierarchy for the reunited community and erected the Archiparchy of Trivandrum with the Eparchy of Tiruvalla as its suffragan. The Metropolitan Eparchy of Trivandrum was established in 1933. Mar Ivanios was enthroned as its first Metropolitan Archbishop. The Eparchy of Tiruvalla was established in 1933. Jacob Mor Theophilos was enthroned as its first Bishop.

On February 10, 2005, the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church was raised to the status of a Major Archiepiscopal Church on that day by the papal document Ab ipso Sancto Thoma, and as such possesses a high level of autonomy under the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. Archbishop Pedro López Quintana, the Apostolic Nuncio in India, read the official declaration at St. Mary's Cathedral, Pattom, Trivandrum. The Hierarchical Head of the Church became a Major Archbishop who exercises patriarchal powers and governs the Church assisted by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Church. The title “Catholicos” is used according to the Antiochene-Malankara Tradition in referring to the "Major Archbishop" (a term recently adopted by the Latin Church to refer to Eastern bishops equal to patriarchal authority, without an historical Patriarchate).[1]

The Father and Head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, Baselios Cleemis was elevated to the College of Cardinals of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI at the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican on 24 November 2012.[2] As Cardinal-Priest he was assigned the titular church of San Gregorio VII.

Archbishops of Trivandrum[edit]

Major Archbishop of Trivandrum[edit]

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