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Pope names Cardinal Cleemis to two key panels

Pope names Cardinal Cleemis to two key panels

Thiruvananthapuram: Pope Benedict XVI has nominated Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis from Kerala to two important panels — the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, of the Vatican and the Council for Eastern Congregations, which oversees the affairs of those hierarchies in the Catholic fold that follow eastern traditions, including the Syro-Malankara and the Syro-Malabar churches.

A church spokesman here said the Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, formed in 1964, was entrusted with the task of promoting understanding between the Catholic Church and other religions. The Pontifical council would also promote studies on all other major religions of the world and train churchmen to engage themselves in meaningful dialogue with those following different traditions of faith.

Mar Cleemis, 53, Major Archbishop and Catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Church, was elevated to the status of Cardinal in November, 2011. He is one of the youngest cardinals in the apex body of the Catholic Church, entrusted with the power of electing the Pope when a need arises.

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