Thiruvananthapuram, 14 July 2010: The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI erected a new Exarchate for the Malankara Catholics in North America. Rev. Fr. Thomas Naickamparambil of the Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum is appointed the first Bishop of the new Exarchate. The Bishop-elect is also appointed Apostolic Visitator of the Malankara Catholics in Canada and Europe by the Holy Father.
The announcement is made simultaneously in Vatican and St. Mary’s Cathedral, Pattom, Trivandrum at 3.30 pm Indian time. Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, the Father and the Head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and other Metropolitans and Bishops were present at the announcement function held at Pattom. A large gathering including Priests, Religious and Faithful received the announcement with a big applause. The Bishop-elect was invested with the Episcopal insignia. All present congratulated the Bishop-designate.