Devasahayam Pillai's canonisation feted by Latin Catholic churches in Kerala, Tamil Nadu
After enduring increasing hardship, he received the crown of martyrdom when he was shot on 14 January 1752, a note prepared by the Vatican earlier had said.Sites linked with his life and death are in Kottar Diocese in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.Devasahayam was declared Blessed on December 2, 2012, in Kottar, 300 years after his birth.
The canonisation of Devasahayam Pillai, who embraced Christianity in the 18th century, by Pope Francis at the Vatican was on Sunday celebrated in some Latin Catholic churches in the southern States of India - Kerala and Tamil Nadu. While Devasahayam was being declared a saint by the Pope, simultaneous celebrations were held at a church in Kattadimalai in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu where he is believed to have been killed in 1752.
The celebration and special prayers at Kattadimalai were attended by hundreds of people.
Devasahayam is the first Indian lay man to be canonised.
''Lazarus'' or ''Devasahayam'' in Malayalam, translates to ''God is my help''.
''While preaching, he particularly insisted on the equality of all people, despite caste differences. This aroused the hatred of the higher classes, and he was arrested in 1749. After enduring increasing hardship, he received the crown of martyrdom when he was shot on 14 January 1752,'' a note prepared by the Vatican earlier had said.
Devasahayam was declared Blessed on December 2, 2012, in Kottar, 300 years after his birth.
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