The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) and one of the topmost consultors of Pope Francis appealed to everyone to become courageous like the newly-canonized St Devasahayam.
“St. Devasahayam is a beacon for all suffering people and his brave suffering is an inspiration,” said Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay.
Pope Francis canonized ten new saints including Devasahayam on May 15 in the Vatican.
“He [St Devasahayam] is courageous with deep conviction and a living legend. The canonization of India's first married layman and martyr is important not only for India but for the millions of Christians who suffer in silence for their faith around the world,” the Cardinal added.
Cardinal Gracias was releasing the book: “Saint Devasahayam: Martyrdom of Devasahayam a Grace to the Church in India,” in a function held on May 18 at Sarvodaya, Goregaon, Mumbai, western India.
He handed over the first copy of the book to Ms. Cherylanne Menezes, advisory board member of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI)-Youth Commission.
This book gives a scientific biographical sketch of St. Devasahayam and it describes the chronological series of the canonization process of the Saint.
The book is published by the CCBI. For copies kindly contact the CCBI General Secretariat or call Mobile no. +91-9886730224.
Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi, Secretary General, CCBI and Father Stephen Alathara, Deputy Secretary General, CCBI and Sister Licia Joseph, SMI were present on the occasion.
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