The Sudden Demise of Archbishop Cariattil and Its Impact on Reunion Efforts

Final Journey and Delayed Return

After extended delays in Lisbon, Archbishop Joseph Cariattil and Paremmakkal embarked on their return voyage to Malabar on April 23, 1785. Their journey included a prolonged stop in Bahia, Brazil, and a detour around Sri Lanka, finally reaching the Malabar Coast in early April 1786. However, they were required to travel to Goa, arriving there on May 1, 1786, and staying for over four months.

Unexpected Death of Cariattil

Tragically, on September 9, 1786, Archbishop Cariattil died in Goa. His death was not only sudden but also shrouded in mystery, with the exact cause remaining unclear. He passed away at the archbishop's house and was buried in the cathedral church on September 11, 1786.

Consequences for the St Thomas Christians

Archbishop Cariattil's untimely death was a profound loss for the Church of the St Thomas Christians. Had he reached Kerala, there was a strong possibility that Mar Dionysius I and the Malankara community would have been received into the Catholic Church, thereby averting the official acceptance of Orthodox doctrines and the Antiochene rite. This could have maintained the unity of the St Thomas Christians, preventing the numerous divisions that later emerged among them.

The Loss of Reunion Hopes

The premature death of Archbishop Cariattil extinguished the last hopes of healing the old wounds and achieving the long-sought reunification. His demise marked the end of a significant ecumenical mission, leaving a lasting impact on the history and structure of the St Thomas Christian community.

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