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18th century Indian man who fought for equality declared saint by Pope

This process was recommended by the Kottar diocese, Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council and the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India.
Former bureaucrat Devasahayam said that it is significant that the sainthood to Lazarus Devasahayam comes at a time when the country is facing caste discrimination and communalism. (Reuters)
Former bureaucrat Devasahayam said that it is significant that the sainthood to Lazarus Devasahayam comes at a time when the country is facing caste discrimination and communalism. (Reuters)
Updated on May 16, 2022 04:55 AM IST
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Who was Devasahayam Pillai — 1st Indian layman to be declared saint by Pope?

  • Devasahayam was born on April 23, 1712, as Neelakanta Pillai into a Hindu upper-caste family, at Nattalam in Kanyakumari district, which was part of the erstwhile Travancore kingdom.
A miracle attributed to Devasahayam Pillai was recognised by Pope Francis in 2014, clearing the path to his canonisation in 2022.(Twitter via @frleoncruz)
A miracle attributed to Devasahayam Pillai was recognised by Pope Francis in 2014, clearing the path to his canonisation in 2022.(Twitter via @frleoncruz)
Published on May 15, 2022 06:25 PM IST
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Devasahayam Pillai becomes 1st Indian layman to be declared saint by Pope

Devasahayam was recommended for the process of Beatification by the Vatican in 2004, at the request of the Kottar diocese, Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council and the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India.
A miracle attributed to Devasahayam Pillai was recognised by Pope Francis in 2014, clearing the path to his canonisation in 2022.(Twitter via @frleoncruz)
A miracle attributed to Devasahayam Pillai was recognised by Pope Francis in 2014, clearing the path to his canonisation in 2022.(Twitter via @frleoncruz)
Published on May 15, 2022 02:41 PM IST
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Pope says Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill 'cannot become Putin's altar boy'

The pope also told Italy's Corriere Della Sera newspaper that Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, who has given the war his full-throated backing, "cannot become Putin's altar boy".
Pope Francis in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.(Reuters file photo.)
Pope Francis in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.(Reuters file photo.)
Published on May 03, 2022 02:05 PM IST
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Pope makes Easter plea to end “senseless” war in Ukraine, cites nuclear risk

  • The pontiff had just finished celebrating Easter Mass in the square packed by faithful for the holiday for the first time since the pandemic began in early 2020.
Pope Francis leads the Easter Mass at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.(Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS)
Pope Francis leads the Easter Mass at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.(Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS)
Published on Apr 17, 2022 08:04 PM IST
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