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Church says St Thomas visited India

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Amid a controversy triggered by reported remarks of a questioning the belief that St Thomas visited in AD 52, the today said the disciple of did visit

"The of the is that St Thomas had visited India, the Church said in a statement here.

The statement was issued after Fr Paul Thelakkat, a former of the church, last week reportedly said there was no evidence to suggest that St Thomas had come to

Some newspapers and TV channels quoting former of the Syro Malabar Church had reported there is no evidence to prove St Thomas had come to India. Some media even said this is the of This is baseless...," it said.

The Syro-Malabar Church originated from the evangelisation works of St Thomas, said the statement issued by

"World famous historians have accepted it as a fact. Many historic documents are there to support this," he said.

However, Fr Thelakkat today said he had never made a statement about the traditional belief that St Thomas had come to India.

He clarified he had made certain remarks regarding prevailing upper caste feelings in Church while joining a debate kick started by Geevarghese Mor Coorilos of the Niranam diocese of the on the issue.

"We should not rely on glory of a caste or tribe. That is dangerous," Thelakkat told

The had recently criticised some church members for conducting hollow family meetings.

He had said in a post that some of the families believe in fake myths that their forefathers were members of the Brahmin community and St Thomas converted them to Christianity.

These kinds of false beliefs should be broken, he had said.

Noted M G S Narayanan said there were no historic documents to suggest that St Thomas had come to India for evangelisation work.

"There were no human habitations here at that time in

There was only forest here. How would he visit such a place? For what? , he told a Malayalam TV channel.

The Syrian Christian community in believes that St Thomas came to this part in AD 52 and had established churches.

The community considers St Thomas as the 'Father in Faith' of Christians in India.

The Syro-Malabar Church has over 30 dioceses in the country and four outside-- in the U.S.A., Canada, and Britain--serving over five million faithful.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 19:35 IST
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