Syro-roman Christians

Syro-Roman Christians are a class of converts to the Romish faith in Malabar and Travancore, in India. 'They have their own bishops and priests. Their forefathers appear to have belonged to the Christians of St. Thomas, as they were called; and were gained over to the Romish Church by the Portuguese, who compelled the churches nearest the coast to acknowledge the supremacy of the pope. The Syro-Roman Christians, along with the converts from other tribes in the district, are said to amount to upwards of one hundred thousand souls. They are allowed to retain their own language in divine worship, as well as their own liturgy, and they have a Syriac college.

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