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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

Metropolitan His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas died in his native India on Dec. 9, 2012. Photo 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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