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The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is a Major Archiepiscopal Church in full communion with the Apostolic See of Rome. The Church is headed by the Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Mar George Cardinal Alencherry. It is one of the 23 sui iuris (autonomous) Eastern Catholic Churches in the Catholic communion. It is the second largest Eastern Catholic Church, the largest being the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Mar Joseph Srampickal was born on 11th August, 1967 as the fourth son of late Mathai Srampickal and Aleykutty Mathew. After completing his postgraduate studies (M.A. Political Science) and teacher training (B.Ed.) he joined Good Shepherd Minor Seminary Karoor on 1st June, 1992. He had his ecclesiastical studies at Paurasthya Vidhyapitham, Vadavathoor (B.Ph.) and at Urban University