About Catholicose

Catholicos (plural Catholicoi) is a title used by the Patriarch (head/regional head bishop) of the Eastern churches. The word is a transliteration of the Greek, meaning concerning the whole, universal or general. Any Apostolic and national church has the authority to declare and call its head, Catholicose, Pope, or Patriarch and the area of influence of a catholicos is a catholicate.  

Thus the head of Indian Orthodox Church is stated as "Catholicos". There have been seven catholicoses in the Indian Orthodox Church whose names have been listed below:

  • HH Baselios Marthoma Didymos I , 7th & Present Catholicose of the East in Malankara (31st October 2005 - Present)        

  • HH Baselios Marthoma Mathews II , 6th Catholicose of the East in Malankara (29th April 1991 - 29th Oct 2005)       

  • His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Mathews I, 5th Catholicos of the East in Malankara (27th October 1975 - 27th April 1991)     

  • His Holiness Baselios Augen I, 4th Catholicos of the East in Malankara (22nd May 1964 - 24th September 1975)        

  • His Holiness Baselios Geevarghese II, 3rd Catholicos of the East in Malankara (15th Feb 1929 - 3rd January 1964)       

  • His Holiness Baselios Geevarghese I, 2nd Catholicos of the East in Malankara (30th April 1925 - 17th December 1928)       

  • His Holiness Baselios Paulos I, 1st Catholicos of the East in Malankara (15th Sept 1912 - May 3rd 1913)