Diamper synod socially relevant topic even now: Tharoor

The Synod of Diamper, held between1599 June 20 and 26, was convened by the then Portuguese Governor and Goa Archbishop Alexis de Menezes.


The decisions made at the Synod of Diamper (Udayamperoor) 418 years ago have paved the way for social reformation of not only Christians in Kerala but also of other communities, observed Parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor.

“The Synod is an excellent example of how great changes can be effected in society through focused collaborative thinking,” Tharoor said as he spoke at the opening session of a two-day seminar in Kochi Nov. 10.

It was jointly organized by the Kerala Regional Latin Catholic Council (KRLCC) Heritage Commission, Kerala Latin Catholic History Association and the John Ochanthuruth Memorial Academy of History

The program marked the 400th death anniversary of Archbishop Aleixo de Menezes, who died in 1617, just 18 years after he convened the synod as the archbishop of Goa.

The synod was a “milestone in pre-figuring the renaissance of the 19th century, though the Synod had its negatives” said Tharoor.

“The Synod of Diamper is an intellectually and socially relevant topic even now, though loss of history caused by the burning of books is one of the negative sides,” he added.

More than 200 academics from various parts of the country attended the seminar inaugurated by Kerala History Association president K L Mohana Varma.

Archbishop Joseph Kalathiparambil of Verapoly who chaired the the function, said the Synod brought a renewal in the spiritual, social, moral and cultural spheres of society and the Kerala Church.

The Synod of Diamper, held between 1599 June 20 and 26, was convened by the then Portuguese Governor and Archbishop of Goa Alexis de Menezes.

Other who addressed the seminar included National Integration Council of India member John Dayal, Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture chancellor Jetti Alfred Oliver, KRLCC Heritage Commission chairman Bishop Alex Vadakumthala, KRLCC Heritage Commission secretary Antony Pattaparambil Abraham Arackal, Vilma John and Lilly George.

Source: New Indian Express

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