List of Major Archbishops of Ernakulam-Angamaly
The Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church is also the Archbishop of Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly in Ernakulam
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, Kerala
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, India
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. The Major Archbishop
Major Archbishop
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, a position equivalent to Patriarch
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 and locally called as the Kasolicos/Catholicos and Gate of All India , is the head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in India is an East Syrian Rite, Major Archiepiscopal Church 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 more than 3.6...


The archdiocese was established in 1896, when the first archbishop was appointed. In 1923 the hierarchy of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church was established, and the then Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly was elevated to Major Archbishop and given the responsibility to lead the Syro-Malabar Church.

Archbishops of Ernakulam-Angamaly

  • Mar Aloysius Pazheparambil Archbishop (1896 – 1919)
  • Mar Augustine Kandathil Archbishop (1919 – 1956)
  • Mar Joseph Parecattil Archbishop (1956 – 1984)
    • Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary Apostolic Administrator (1984 – 1985)
  • Mar Antony Padiyara
    Antony Padiyara
    Antony Padiyara was an Indian prelate of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. He was Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly from 1985 to 1996, having previously served as Bishop of Ootacamund and Archbishop of Changanassery...

     Major Archbishop (1985 - 1996)
    • Mar Abraham Kattumana Pontifical Delegate (1992-1995)
    • Mar Varkey Vithayathil Apostolic Administrator (1996 – 1999)
  • Mar Varkey Vithayathil Major Archbishop (1999 - 2011)
  • Mar George Alencherry Major Archbishop (since 2011)

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