New Delhi, October 13, 2019: Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan will lead the Indian delegation at the ceremony in which Pope Francis will declare Indian Keralite, Mariam Thresia a saint in Vatican City on Oct. 13.
Minister Muraleedharan will visit the Vatican City on October 12-13 for the canonisation of Sister Mariam Thresia, the Ministry of External Affairs said.
Sister Mariam Thresia, born on April 26, 1876, in Thrissur, Kerala, founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Thrissur in 1914. She passed away on June 8, 1926.
On April 9, 2000, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II.
In his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio program last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also referred to Sister Thresia.
He had said it is a matter of pride for every Indian that on October 13, Pope Francis will declare her a saint.
“Sister Thresia, in her short lifespan of 50 years, worked for the good of humanity becoming a noble example for the entire world. Whatever task Sister Mariam Thresia undertook and accomplished, she did so with utmost dedication and devotion,” he had said.
She rendered service in the fields of education and social service and has built many schools, hostels and orphanages. India and Kerala in particular sees this as a great achievement