Catholicos is from Pathanamthitta town in Kerala, 115 km from Thiruvananthapuram.
He was ordained as a priest of the church in 1986 and holds a doctorate from St. Thomas Pontifical University, Rome.
He was first appointed a bishop on August 15, 2001, and was elevated as the major archbishop in 2007.
In February, Mar George Alencherry, 66, major archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly diocese of the Syro-Malabar Church, was ordained as a cardinal.
Image: Newly elected cardinals James Harvey of the US, left, and Cleemis Thottunkal arrive for an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Monday Nov. 26, 2012.