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|His Eminence |
|Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly|
|Enthroned||April 23, 1985|
|Ordination||December 19, 1945|
|Consecration||July 3, 1955|
|Created Cardinal||June 28, 1988|
Bishop of Ootacamund (1955-1970)|
Archbishop of Changanassery (1970-1985)
February 11, 1921|
Manimala, Kerala, India
March 23, 2000 (aged 79)|
Kakkanad, Kerala, India
|Denomination||Syro-Malabar Catholic Church|
Antony Padiyara (February 11, 1921—March 23, 2000) was an Indian prelate of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. He was Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly from 1985 to 1996, having previously served as Bishop of Ootacamund (1955-1970) and Archbishop of Changanassery (1970-1985). He was elevated to the cardinalate in 1988.
Born in Manimala, Kerala, Antony Padiyara studied at St. Peter's Regional Seminary in Bangalore and was ordained to the priesthood on December 19, 1945. He was incardinated into the Latin Rite Diocese of Coimbatore, where he served as curate at Kodiyeri and pastor at Kollegal and Ootacamund between 1946 and 1952. He became rector of the minor seminary in 1952 and a professor at St. Peter's Regional Seminary in 1954.
On July 3, 1955, Padiyara was appointed Bishop of Ootacamund by Pope Pius XII. He received his episcopal consecration on the following October 16 from Bishop René-Jean-Baptiste-Germain Feuga, with Bishop Francis Xavier Muthappa and Archbishop Matthew Kavukattu serving as co-consecrators. After attending the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, Padiyara returned to the Syro-Malabar Rite upon being promoted to Archbishop of Changanassery on June 14, 1970. He was elected Vice President of the Indian Episcopal Conference (1976), President of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (1983), and President of the Syro-Malabar Bishops Conference (1984). In one of the acts of his short-lived papacy, Pope John Paul I named him Apostolic Visitor to the Syro-Malabar Catholics in Kerala on September 8, 1978.
Padiyara was appointed Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly by Pope John Paul II on April 23, 1985. He was created Cardinal Priest of S. Maria "Regina Pacis" a Monte Verde in the consistory of June 28, 1988. When the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly was elevated to the rank of a major archdiocese on December 16, 1992, Padiyara became a Major Archbishop and thus head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. Within the Roman Curia, he was a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of the Code of Oriental Canon Law. After reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, he resigned as Major Archbishop on November 11, 1996, after eleven years of service. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Antony Cardinal Padiyara". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bpadiyara.html.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Miranda, Salvador. "PADIYARA, Antony". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. http://www.fiu.edu/~mirandas/bios-p.htm#Padiyara.
- ↑ "About us". Cardinal Padiyara Public School. http://www.cardinalpadiyarapublicschool.org/about_us.php.
|Bishop of Ootacamund|
| Succeeded by|
|Archbishop of Changanassery|
| Succeeded by|
|Major Archbishop of Ernakulam|
| Succeeded by|