Syro-Malabar Church exarchates were established in mission territories from 1962
onwards which later became dioceses. At present the Syro-Malabar Church has
21 dioceses in India with 30 lakhs of faithful.
On December 16,1992 Pope John
Paul II raised the Syro-Malabar Church to the status of a Major Archepiscopal
Church and Cardinal Antony Padiyara
the Archbishop of Ernakulam
first Archbishop Major and was given the title Archbishop Major of Ernakulam-
Angamaly with the two Metropolitan Provinces of Ernakulam and Changanacherry
as his "territorium proprium". Archbishop Abraham Kattumana, until then Apostolic
Pro-Nuncio in Ghana, Togo and Benin was appointed as Pontifical Delegate to
complete the process with the powers of Archbishop Major exercised by him temporarily.
On May 20,1993 Cardinal Antony Padiyara was installed as Archbishop Major.
Archbishop Major: His Eminence Antony Cardinal Padiyara