Pope Francis at the canonization ceremony held at Vatican on Sunday declared Kerala nun Mariam Thresia as a saint. The ceremony took place at the St. Peter’s Square. It was attended by the congregation form Kerala.

Mariam Thresia was born in 1876 in Kerala’s Thrissur district and founded the ‘Holy family’ congregation in 1914 that now became part of Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.

Thresia belonged to Chiramel Mankidiyan family. At the time when women were not encouraged to go out and work Mariam Thresia dedicated her life for the betterment of people around her.

Mariam Thresia is the fourth person to have been elevated to Sainthood from Kerala. Hailing from a humble background, there were many restrictions on the movement of women. Despite the restrictions she continued to work for the poor families.

It is believed that Thresia suffered wounds like the Jesus Christ on her hands, wrist and feet. In 200, Pope John Paul II declared her ‘Blessed.’

Pope Francis in February 2019 passed a decree acknowledging a miracle through her intervention clearing her name for elevation to sainthood.

Apart from Mariam Thresia, English Cardinal John Henry Newman, Swiss Laywoman, Marguerite Bays, Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes and Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini were also elevated to sainthood.

The Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan accompanied the Indian delegation to attend the ceremony in Vatican.


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