Kottayam: 

Facing allegations over a controversial land deal, the head of the Syro-Malabar Church Cardinal George Alencherry yesterday said all issues relating to it would be resolved soon.

"The issue will be resolved soon," he said in his first public statement on the controversial land deal in the Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese, in which the church allegedly suffered a huge financial loss.

Addressing a mass at a Church at nearby Kuravilangad on Jan 21, he thanked all those who gave him strength through their prayers

He urged them to continue with their prayers.

"There is no place for division among Christians. Certain things occur due to the shortcomings. That will be rectified," Alencherry said.

The Cardinal's statement came after a section of faithful of the Syro-Malabar Church accused Cardinal Alencherry, who is also Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese, of selling prime land of the archdiocese in Kochi for "a very low price".

They had alleged the role of land mafia in the sale of land in a "non-transparent manner", violating even civil and canon laws.

Supporters of the Cardinal had dubbed the charges against the chief priest as a 'misinformation campaign.'

The All India Catholic Almaya Forum had urged the priests to stop the campaign being carried out against the Cardinal.

They had alleged that a handful of priests were trying to defame the Syro-Malabar Church, having over 55 lakh followers and 35 dioceses.

The Presbyteral Council of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese had alleged that a commission appointed by the Archbishop to inquire into the land business had found serious violations of canon and civil laws.

According to the priests, the commission found that revenue from sale of 3.06 acres of the land in Kochi city was expected to fetch Rs 27 crore as per the understanding, but officially only Rs nine crore had been shown as sale proceeds.

They claimed that an amount of Rs 18 crore was 'shrouded in mystery' and remained unaccounted.

Source: Malayala Manorama

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Teachings of Christ

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

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Random Proverb

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Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We ought to learn the virtues through practicing them, not merely through talking about them, so that by acquiring the habit of them we do not forget what is of benefit to us. 'The kingdom of God', St. Paul says, 'resides not in words but in power' (I Cor. 4:20). For he who tries to discover things through actual practice will come to understand what gain or loss lies in any activity that he pursues..."

St. Peter of Damaskos (Book 1:A Treasury of Divine Knowledge, The Philokalia Vol. 3 pg. 183)