Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan Philipose Mar Chrysostom, the much-loved bishop of Kerala turned 100 on Thursday.
A bishop of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church for 63 years, Chrysostom, is widely accepted by people of all faiths in the state.
BJP leader LK Advani inaugurated the function held in connection with the birth centenary celebrations of Chrysostom at Malankara Mar Thoma Church headquarters at Thiruvalla in Kottayam.
During the inauguration, Advani recalled the churchâ€™s contributions during the Emergency and lauded it for its support.
â€śThe Mar Thoma Church supported those who fought for freedom during Emergency. The church made it possible when other churches found it hard to do so,â€ť he said, reports Times of India.
Chrysostomâ€™s sense of humour and quick-wittedness is well known and Advani said that the presence of Chrysostom enables one to overcome any complex situation. Advani said, â€śPeople should be respected and hounoured without making any distinction between community, sex, caste and sections.â€ť
Advani said that Chrysostom is known not only for his humour and oratorial skills, but as someone who is unparalleled in his teaching style and commitment to religion.
Advani, who had also attended the 90th birthday celebrations of Chrysostom. said that the function had inspired him.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday tweeted birthday wishes for the centenarian and said, â€śOn the special occasion of his 100th birthday, warmest greetings to Metropolitan Emeritus, His Grace Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostomâ€¦ has devoted himself towards service. I pray for his long and healthy life.â€ť