January 6, 2023
Permission from O.C. to coordinate Knanaites in Diaspora
Leonardo Cardinal Sandri
Letter dated Nov. 15, 2017 from Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of Oriental congregation agreeing with the desire of the Knanaya Community worldwide to find a point of unity in the Archbishop of Kottayam and allowing him to seek means to help the cultural ties of Knanaya persons in diaspora including visits and letters. The relevant portion is as follows:
"Certainly, this Dicastery understands that the Knanaya community spread throughout the world wishes to find a point of unity in one figure, the Archbishop of Kottayam. Nonetheless, these are members of the Syro-Malabar or Syro-Malankara Catholic Churches before all else, and they must look to their local Bishops for unity in matters of faith and morals. Other means must be sought to help Knanaya persons living far from home to retain, where possible, their cultural ties; this can certainly include visits or letters from the Archbishop of Kottayam or his Auxiliary, with the prior accord of the local bishop provided that any confusion regarding jurisdiction is avoided."
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