Kerala/ Thiruvalla: Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma, the senior-most metropolitan of the Thiruvalla-headquartered Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, has passed away. He was 103 years old. He died at Kumbanad Fellowship Mission Hospital. He had been undergoing treatment for old age-related ailments.
An outstanding religious dignitary with a genuine humanitarian outlook and global vision, Mar Chrysostom was awarded Padma Bhushan by President Ram Nath Kovind in 2018. He is credited with implementing and formulating many projects to improve the social, economic and cultural condition of the poor and deprived.
Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom was the oldest bishop in the world and the longest-serving bishop of the churches in India. In 2018. He was ordained as a priest in 1944 and became a bishop in 1953. He became the Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Church on October 23, 1999, and the Valiya Metropolitan or Metropolitan Emeritus after resigning due to old age and health issues.