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1982 Kottayam India
1982, Kottayam (India), as the faculty of theology of St Thomas Apostolic Seminary. Current statutes in force since approved by the Holy See, 20 Oct 1994, ad experimentum for a period of 5 years. E-XF0540 - Congregation for Catholic Education - for Seminaries and Educational Institutions (CEC) confers authority to issue diplomas.
As an autonomous faculty of ecclesiastical sciences with the right to confer academic degrees: cultivate and promote the patrimony of Christian wisdom of both East and West, with special emphasis on Biblical and Patristic traditions and with special reference to India and the heritage of the Church of the St Thomas Christians; enunciate systematically the truths contained in biblical, patristic, liturgical and spiritual traditions of the Easter ecclesiastical heritage and present them to the people of the present day in a manner adapted to the local cultural context; train students to high level of qualification in sacred sciences; collaborate with the Hierarchy and with the local and universal Church in the work of evangelization; promote harmonious co-existence and cooperation with different 'sui iuris' churches; promote ecumenical studies; foster inter-religious dialogue, especially with the religions of India.
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