The supreme head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of India, His Holiness Moran Mor Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, passed away in the early hours on July 12. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the priest's demise.
"Saddened by the passing away of His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulos II, the Supreme Head of Indian Orthodox Church. He leaves behind a rich legacy of service and compassion. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the members of the Orthodox Church. RIP," tweeted PM Modi.
He was undergoing treatment for post-Covid-19 complications in the Critical Care Unit in St Gregorios Mission Hospital in Kerala's Parumala village.
The senior priest had been suffering from lung cancer since December 2019, and had recovered from the Covid infection in February this year.