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Amid Simmering Tensions, Syro-Malabar Cardinal Alencherry Launches ‘Uniform Liturgy’ Under Police Protection

National Catholic RegisterCardinal George Alencherry, the head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, leads a Palm Sunday procession April 10 in Kochi India.

Despite fierce opposition from most of his own archdiocesan priests, including his metropolitan vicar, the head of India’s Syro-Malabar Church celebrated Palm Sunday Mass facing the altar for part of the liturgy.