Cardinal Priest of San Bernardo alle Terme
Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, C.SS.R., Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly for Syro-Malabars (India), was born on 29 May 1927 in Parur, India. He was ordained for the Redemptorists on 12 June 1954 and holds a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome.
For 25 years he taught canon law at the Redemptorists' major seminary in Bangalore. He also served as Provincial for India and Sri Lanka (1978-84), President of the Conference of Religious, India (1984-85) and Apostolic Administrator of the Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery in Bangalore (1990-96).
On 11 November 1996 he was appointed titular Archbishop of Ohrid (2 years later, Archbishop of Ckeikh-Abadeh) and Apostolic Administrator of the vacant see of Ernakulam-Angamaly for Syro-Malabars, receiving episcopal ordination from the Holy Father on 6 January 1997.
On 18 December 1999 he was appointed Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly for Syro-Malabars.
President of the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church.