Kochi: Joseph Kalathiparambil was enthroned as the sixth Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Varapuzha in a traditional and solemn ceremony held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam on 18 December 2016. His Grace Most Rev. Francis Kallarakkal the outgoing Archbishop and the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Varapuzha, was the main celebrant. During the installation ceremony he handed the pastoral staff over to his successor, signifying his new role as the shepherd of the people.
The appointment letter of Bishop Kalathiparambil by Holy Father Pope Francis was read by Rev. Msgr Henryk Jagodzinski, the first Councillor of the Apostolic Nuncio in India. His Beatitude Cardinal Mar George Allanchery, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church delivered the homily during the solemn Holy Mass. His Beatitude Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, the Major Archbishop of Syro- Malankara Catholic Church and the President of CBCI felicitated during the public function. “The new Archbishop is a man of humbleness with a heart of love and welcome and the at the same time convinced of his role of building up of the Kingdom of God”, said His Beatitude. His Grace Most Rev. Dr Soosai Pakiam, the new President of KCBC and the Archbishop of Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum, also felicitated the new Archbishop. Many prelates and religious and thousands of faithful along with the family members of the new Archbishop witness the solemn celebrations.
The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church accords the prayerful wishes to His Grace Joseph Kalathiparambil!