Synod of Syro-Malabar Church on January 17 raised concerns over the worldwide terrorist attacks against Christians. The 29th Synod of Syro-Malabar Church, which was organised through video conferencing, concluded on Sunday after six days. This comes in view of the recent Islamic terrorist attacks on Churches in various parts of the world, including France, Burkina, Egypt, and Indonesia.
In a statement, the Church said
, "Synod raised its concern over the terrorist attacks against Christians worldwide and directed the concerned dioceses to take a legal action against those who take a public stand against the Church leadership and sermons."
The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, also known as the Church of Malabar Syrian Catholics, is an Eastern Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church located in Kerala.
The Syro-Malabar Church faced several allegations of religious conversion of Kerala people. Catholicism within the Syro-Malabar Church has inculturated with traditional Hindu customs that form an integral part of traditional Indian culture. Christian scholar Placid Podipara describes the Church as "Hindu (Indian) in Culture, Christian (Catholic) in Religion, and Oriental (East Syriac Rite) in Worship." The Church is predominantly of the Malayali ethnic group who speak Malayalam.