Trivandrum: A special prayer service was conducted at Martyr’s Square, Palayam in Trivandrum on 21 August 2016, for the victims attacked by the IS terrorist particularly for Rev. Fr Jacques Hamel, who was brutally murdered during the Holy Mass in France and Rev. Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped in Yemen. It was organized by Ananthapuri Catholic Bible Convention a joint venture of the Latin, Syro - Malabar and Syro – Malankara churches in and around Trivandrum.
His Grace Most Rev. Dr M. Soosa Pakiam, the Archbishop of Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum inaugurated the programme. His Excellency Most Rev. Samuel Mar Irenios (Auxillary Bishop of the Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum), Most Rev. Dr Christudas (Auxillary Bishop of Latin Archdiocese) Most Rev. Msgr Eugine H. Pereira, Most Rev. Msgr Mani Puthiyidom (Vicar, Lourdes Forane Church, Trivandrum), Rev. Dr George Gomez (Vicar, St. Joseph Cathedral, Palayam ) and Very Rev. Fr. Jose Charuvil (Vicar, St. Mary's Basilica, Palayam) and Rev. Fr George Manthiruthil (Pro Vicar, Lourdes Forane Church) were present. It was followed by the candle procession. Rev. Sisters and many Faithful participated in the procession.