Thottunkal, Baselio Clemis
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: San Gregorio VII
Native Country: India
Appointed by: Pope Benedict XVI on 24 November 2012
Ecclesiastical Office:  Major Archbishop of Trivandrum for Syro-Malankaras 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 15 June 2029

Cardinal Cleemis Thottunkal was born on 15 June 1959 in Mukkoor, Mallapally, India. He entered The Infant Mary Minor Seminary, Tiruvalla, on 10 June 1976. He completed his philosophical and theological studies for the priesthood respectively at St Joseph's Seminary, Alwaye, and at the Pontifical Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Pune. He was ordained a deacon on 22 March 1986 and a priest on the following 11 June. He continued to study theology at Dharmaram College, Bangalore, until 1988 and in 1997 earned a doctorate in ecumenism at the Pontifical. University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome. In India he was parish priest in the Diocese of Battery for Syro-Malankaras, first at St Thomas' Cathedral, and then of two parishes, Chethalaym and Moonnammile. He also served as secretary of the Presbyteral and Pastoral Councils and as a member of the Eparchial Council. After his appointment as Vice-Rector, then Rector of St Thomas Minor Seminary, he served as Chancellor of Battery from 1997 to 1998 then, from 1998 to 2001, as Vicar General. On 18 June 2001 John Paul II appointed him titular Bishop of Chaialum for Syro-Malankaras and Auxiliary of Trivandrum, as well as Apostolic Visitator for Malankara faithful resident in North America and in Europe. He received episcopal ordination on 15 August 2001. On 23 October 2001 he went to New York as Apostolic Visitator and founded the Mar Ivanios Malankara Catholic Centre there. On 9 September 2003, he returned to India and two days later was appointed Bishop of Tiruvalla for Syro-Malankaras. He took possession of his see on 2 October. On 15 May 2006 Benedict XVI raised the Eparchy of Tiruvalla to the rank of Archeparchy and promoted him to the dignity of Archbishop. On 8 February 2007 the Pope transferred him to the Major Archdiocese of Trivandrum for Syro-Malankaras of which he took possession the following 5 March and on 10 February, raised him to the rank of Major Archbishop. As such Archbishop Thottunkal presided at the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malankara Church (and headed its commissions for Ecumenism, Dialogue and Youth). He is a permanent member of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and of the Federation of Bishops' Conferences of Asia. Cardinal Thottunkal is currently first Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India and is Vice-President of the Commissions for the Family, for Health and for Education of the Catholic Bishops' Council of Kerala. Cardinal Thottunkal is the first Cardinal of the Syro-Malankara Church.