Cyril Baselios
Denomination Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
Senior posting
See Trivandrum, India
Title Metropolitan Archbishop of Trivandrum
Major Archbishop Catholicos of Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
Period in office 1995 – 2007
Predecessor Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios
Successor Moran mor Baselios Cleemis
Religious career
Previous post Metropolitan Bishop of Bathery (1978–1995)
Date of birth August 16, 1935(1935-08-16)
Place of birth Pandalam, Kerala
Date of death January 18, 2007 (aged 71)
Place of death Trivandrum, Kerala

Major Archbishop Cyril Baselios O.I.C. (August 16, 1935 – January 18, 2007) was the Catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church based in Trivandrum, Kerala. He was the first Major Archbishop-Catholicos of the Church, elevated by Pope John Paul II.

He had ecumenical relations with the Indian Orthodox Church, Syriac Orthodox Church, Mar Thoma Church and other St. Thomas churches.

He was born in Pandalam, Kerala.

Baselios was ordained priest in 1960 by Archbishop Benedict Gregorios. He received a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1965, after taking a master's degree in psychology from St. John's University in New York City. He taught at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary in Kottayam and St. Joseph's Pontifical Institute , Mangalapuzha, Aluva.

Baselios became the Bishop of the Diocese of Bathery in 1978 and was made the metropolitan archbishop and head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in 1995. He received the pallium from the Pope John Paul II on January 9, 1996 in Vatican City.

Baselios died suddenly of a heart attack on January 18, 2007, in Trivandrum.[1]


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Preceded by
Benedict Mar Gregorios
Major Archbishop of Trivandrum
Succeeded by
Baselios Cleemis
lb:Cyril Mar Baselios Malancharuvil

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