Metropolitan His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas, former leader of the Indian Orthodox Church in the U.S., dies at 88

Metropolitan His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas died in

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Metropolitan His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas died in his native India on Dec. 9, 2012. (Credit: Handout)

Metropolitan His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas stood barely 5 feet tall, but his stature and influence among his followers in the Indian Orthodox Church on Long Island and elsewhere was enormous, leaders of the church said.

"He was a saintly man. He was a man of prayer, a man of simplicity," said the Rev. Paulose T. Peter, director for ecumenical relations of the Muttontown-based Northeast...

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