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PM Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Philipose Mar Chrysostom – one of the oldest religious leaders of the country – who died in the wee hours of Wednesday.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said the senior-most Metropolitan of the Malankara Marthoma church headquartered in Thiruvalla will be remembered for his “rich theological knowledge and many efforts to remove human suffering”.

“Saddened by the demise of His Grace The Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan. He will be remembered for his rich theological knowledge and many efforts to remove human suffering. Condolences to the members of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church (sic),” said the Prime Minister.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also expressed grief at his demise and tweeted: “Padma Bhushan Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Valiya Metropolitan brought people together transcending the boundaries of religion and politics, cared for them and made them laugh. Beloved thirumeni’s passing is a loss to humanity, a void that cannot be filled. Respectful homage.”