Kerala is alwayS in the news for the right or wrong reasons because sinners and saints abound there. Think of Alancheries, Francos , Lucies and the Vanchiquare protest. On health and educational front also it is the first in India. So Modi is forced to make a favourable comment. Only, he made it appear as a tribute to every Indian, two birds at one shot.
All know Christians and Muslims are not honorable sectionas for Modi as they are often accused of converting Hindus for which what he promotes is Khar Vapsi, bringing back the converted to their originals religion. So the praise from Modi is not an unalloyed one. Hence the comment at the bottom by Ladislaus Louis Dsouza, that his praise need not be taken seriously. Only Modi made it an occasion to praise all Christians in India rather than in Kerala.
In any case saint making is not to be encouraged, as the motive is more often financial than spiritual. In the begening, that is in the Apostolic times all were called saints. Heaven, hell and purgatory are creations of man and Sin the creation of Canon Law according soap box orator in the Hyde park Corner.. So we have now two Saints with similar nanes in India, one foreign who became an Indian, Mother Theresa an Mariam Thresia. May they abound and bring good name for India. james kottoor,editor CCV.
Please read below the report in Matters India.
New Delhi, September 29, 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed happiness that an Indian is among five Catholics who ill be canonized by Pope Francis next month.
“It is a matter of pride for every Indian that, on the coming October 13, his holiness Pope Francis will declare Sister Mariam Thresia a saint,” the prime minister said on September 29 during ‘Mann Ki Baat’ (Heart’s Voice), his monthly radio program.
Sister Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan (1876-1926) founded the Congregation of the Holy Family to impart Christian values to families on May 14, 1914, at Mannuthy, a village near Thrissur town in Kerala state, southern India.
The Indian nun will be canonized during a Mass along with Cardinal John Henry Newman from England, Italian Josephine Vannini, Swiss Marguerite Bays, and Brazilian Irm Dulce Pontes.The canonization will take place at St. Peter’s Square.
Modi said Mariam Thresia’s canonization is a matter of pride for India.“I pay heartfelt tributes to Sister Mariam Thresia and congratulate the citizens of India, and especially our Christian brothers and sisters, for this achievement,” the prime minister said.Pope Francis on July 1 had formally approved the canonization of the five.
Sister Mariam was born in a Syro-Malabar family born on April 26, 1876, in Kerala’s Puthenchira village. She died on June 8, 1926 at Kuzhikkattussery.She was declared venerable, the second stage of canonization process, on June 28, 1999, and beatified on April 9, 2000, by Pope St. John Paul II in Rome.
Mariam Thresia was the only member when she started the congregation in 1914. By the time of her death, three new convents, two schools, two hostels, a study house, and an orphanage, a Vatican document said.
She had also built many schools, hostels and orphanages and throughout her life and remained devoted to the cause of women’s education.The congregation now has more than 1,500 professed sisters living in 176 houses in seven provinces, most of them in India. They also work in Germany, Italy and Ghana. They have currently 119 novices.
Celebrations have started at the Shrine of Blessed Mariam Thresia at Kuzhikkattussery in Thrissur district after Pope Francis formally approved her canonization.A team from Kerala will attend the special prayer session on the previous day of canonization at the Vatican, said Sister Rosmin Mathew of the Kuzhikkattussery Mariam Thresia convent.
Mariam Thresia will be the fourth Catholics from Kerala to be declared saints in the Catholic Church. The first was Sister Alphonsa, a member of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation, in 2008.Pope Francis canonized Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia in 2014.
Published: Oct:1st, 2019, in CCV,Kochi;
Reactions: Ladislaus Louis Dsouza
Is the PM kidding? How sure is he that, like Mother Teresa, Thresia has not indulged in forced conversions and that the members of the congregation she started are not continuing the practice of forced conversions? Only those who are foolhardy will accept his sentiments as genuine.