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Malankara Church / Syro-Malankara Church
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Malankara Church / Syro-Malankara Church, is the more recent self-designation of the Jacobite or West Syrian Church (Syria: V, 2) in India. The decrees issued by the Synod of Diamper (convoked in 1599) met with considerable resistance on the part of the Thomas Christians (Malabar Christians) because of the intended Latinization. In 1653, 12 priests consecrated the archdeacon Thomas (c. 1637–1670/ 1672) as metropolitan bishop in Alangad. The Discalced Carmelites (in Malabar from 1657) nevertheless succeeded in winning back most of the Thomas Christi…

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Tubach, Jürgen, “Malankara Church / Syro-Malankara Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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