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 have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

BROTHER: What is purity of soul?

OLD MAN: Remoteness from anger and from the error of the remembrance of evil things, and being weaned from the bitter nature, and reconciliation with our enemies, and peace which is beyond troubling, and simplicity of love which is above this world; with these things is the inner man cleansed, and he puts on Christ and is redeemed.


E. A. Wallis Budge, "The Paradise of the Holy Fathers"