Syro Malabar Catholic Church has new Diocese in Melbourne
Syro Malabar Catholic Church has new Diocese in Melbourne. .On 11 January 2014 Bishop Bosco Puthur was appointed by Pope Francis as the bishop of the Eparchy of Melbourne of St. Thomas in Australia for the Syro-Malabar Catholics. He is also the Apostolic Visitor for the Syro-Malabar faithful in New Zealand. The St. Thomas the Apostle Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Melbourne is an Eastern Catholic eparchy for Syro-Malabar Catholics in the Australia. The Diocese, established in 2014, is the second eparchy of the Syro-Malabar Church outside India after the Diocese of Chicago, and it has jurisdiction over Syro-Malabar Catholics in the entire Australia.
The Syro Malabar Catholic Church in India is in full communion with the Catholic Church . It is one of the 22 sui iuris Eastern Catholic Churches in the Catholic Church. It is the largest of the Saint Thomas Christian denominations with around 3.8 million believers and traces its origins to the evangelistic activity of Thomas the Apostle in the 1st century. It is also the second largest Eastern Catholic Church in communion with the Bishop of Rome.
The church is headed by the Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Cardinal Mar George Alencherry. Saint Alphonsa is the first canonised saint from the Church. The members of the Church are known as Nazaranis or Marthoma Suriyani Nazarani.
A brief Introduction about Mar Bosco Puthur
Mar Bosco Puthur is the Curia Bishop of the Syro Malabar Church. Previously, he has served as Rector of St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Mangalapuzha. He was also a Monsignor of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Thrissur. Following the sudden death of Mar Varkey Vithayathil, he has also served as the Administrator of the Major Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly and of the Syro-Malabar Church.On 11 January 2014 Bishop Bosco Puthur was appointed by Pope Francis as the bishop of the Eparchy of Melbourne of St. Thomas in Australia for the Syro-Malabar Catholics. He was also appointed as the Apostolic Visitator of the Syro-Malabar Faithful in New Zealand.