Prime Minister Modi in his address to nation through Mann Ki Baat radio programme today paid tributes to Sister Mariam Thresia who will be canonised on 13th October by Pope Francis. The founder of Congregation of the Holy Family will be declared a a saint. Her canonisation was formally approved by Pope Francis at an ordinary public consistory of cardinals on causes of canonisation at the Vatican on 1st July, 2019.
A team from Kerala will participate in the special prayer that will be held in the Vatican a day prior to the canonisation.
Born on 26th April, 1876 in Puthenchira, Kerala, Sister Mariam belonged to the Syro-Malabar Church based in Kerala and was professed in 1914. She died on 8th June 1926 and was declared venerable on June 28, 1999 and beatified on April 9, 2000 by Pope St. John Paul II in Rome.
She is the fourth Kerala-born Indian Catholic to be declared as a saint. Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia from Thrissur, Kerala, were canonised by Pope Francis in 2014 while Sister Alphonsa was declared a saint in 2008.