Syrian Orthodox Churches in India
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1. Organization

There are two Syrian Orthodox churches in India:

1. an autocephalous church, acknowledging no other authority over it, known as the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, or the Indian Orthodox Church, with membership officially estimated at 2.5 million; and

2. an autonomous church, acknowledging the authority of the Syrian patriarch in Damascus, known as the Malankara “Jacobite” Syrian Orthodox Church, with membership estimated at 1.2 million.

The two …

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Gregorios, Paulos and Roberson, Ronald G., “Syrian Orthodox Churches in India”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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