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Patriarch call to shun abortion

By Our Staff Reporter

MANARCADU, SEPT. 26. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, now on a visit here, has called against the medical termination of pregnancy.

He was addressing the flock after prayers at the St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian church here this morning.

Terming abortion a sin, the Patriarch said the killing of unborn children was on the increase. He called upon all those who have been party to medical termination of pregnancy to repent and receive Eucharist as a means to cleanse themselves of the sin.

At a special ceremony held after the Holy Qurbana, the Patriarch elevated the St. Mary's church as a `universal pilgrim' centre of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church of which he was the head. He also elevated the church as cathedral. The Patriarch also announced that the steps to declare the late Bishop Paulose Mar Coorilos, former Malankara Metropolitan, a saint, had commenced.

The Patriarch was accompanied by the Catholicos, Baselius Thomas I, and bishops of the Jacobite Church.

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