Cyril Baselios

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Moran Mor Cyril Baselios Maphrian
Major Archbishop
Cyril Baselios Maphrian
Native name
സിറില്‍ ബസേലിയോസ്
ChurchSyro-Malankara Catholic Church
SeeTrivandrum, India
Appointed6 November 1995
Term ended18 January 2007
PredecessorBenedict Mar Gregorios
SuccessorMoran Mor Baselios Cleemis
Ordination4 October 1960
Consecration28 December 1978
by Benedict Mar Gregorios
Personal details
Birth nameJames Malancharuvil
Born(1935-08-16)16 August 1935
Pandalam, Kerala
Died18 January 2007(2007-01-18) (aged 71)
Trivandrum, Kerala
Previous postMetropolitan Bishop of Bathery (1978–1995)
Styles of
Moran Mor Cyril Baselios
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Grace
Religious styleArchbishop

Moran Mor Cyril Baselios Maphrian (Malayalam: സിറില് ബസേലിയോസ് ) 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 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 Eparch (Bishop) of the suffragan 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 Metropolitan Archbishop and head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church on 6 November 1995. He received the archiepiscopal pallium from Pope John Paul II on 9 January 1996 in Vatican City.

Major Archbishop[edit]

The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church raised to the status of a Major Archiepiscopal Church sui iuris on 10 February 2005 according to the norms of CCEO. He was the first Syro-Malakara to bear the title of Major Archbishop and his official title according to the West Syriac Tradition was Moran Mor Cyril Baselios Catholicos, which was earlier granted to the Syro-Malabar metropolitanate of Ernakulam–Angamaly and the Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitanate of Kyiv–Halyč and shortly after to the Romanian Catholic Metropolitanate of Făgăraş şi Alba Iulia.

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 of a heart attack on 18 January 2007, in Trivandrum.[2]


  1. ^ "His Beatitude Moran Mor Cyril Baselios Catholicos". Catholic Diocese of Bathery. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013. 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.

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