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Our World
(from Catholic Near East November – December 1994)

Benedict Mar Gregorios
Posted: 01 Dec 1994

Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios, the Syro-Malankara Metropolitan of Trivandrum since 1955, died in early October.

A man with universal interests, Mar Gregorios believed that “Our Lord didn’t come to save souls alone, but to save people.”

An agricultural expert, the Archbishop started model farms and experimented with various plant forms to bolster the lives of his people, most of whom live on farms. Many of these small plots are supported by our Association.

As Archbishop, Mar Gregorios encouraged the renewal of the Syriac liturgy within a truly Indian context, enabling this small community, which numbered just 70,000 members in the 50s, to grow at a tremendous rate. Today the Syro-Malankara Catholic community numbers more than 300,000 people.

We mourn “the loss of this great and good man of God,” wrote Msgr. Robert L. Stern in a letter of condolence, “…the boldness of his vision and the strength of his trust in Almighty God will ever be an inspiration and a consolation to me.”