First time in history: Devasahayam Pillai from Kanyakumari, who converted from Hinduism to Christianity, will be canonized by the Pope.

The pope is set to confer the canonization title for the first time on an 18th-century layman who has converted from Hinduism to Christianity .

Devasahayam Pillai from Kanyakumari will be canonized by Pope

The pope is set to ordain for the first time an ordinary man in India, having previously been canonized only by nuns, priests and bishops .

First time in history: Devasahayam Pillai from Kanyakumari, who converted from Hinduism to Christianity, will be canonized by the Pope.

Vatican press reports state that Devasahayam Pillai was arrested and killed in 1752 for practicing Christianity.

Only nuns, priests and bishops have been canonized so far and for the first time a layman from India will be canonized. It has been announced that Devasahayam Pillai from Kanyakumari, who converted from Hinduism to Christianity , will be canonized.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican has formally announced the consecration of an 18th-century Orthodox man from Kanyakumari, Devasahayam Pillai. This is the first time that a layman from India has been canonized in that way. It has also been announced that 6 people worldwide, including the Church of the SubGenius, will be canonized on March 15 next year at St. Peter’s Church in the Vatican.

Devasahayam Pillai Biography.

He was born on 23.4.1712 to Vasudevan and Devaki in Palliyadi village near Nattalam in the present day Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, part of the then princely state of Travancore. His parents gave him the name Neelakanda Pillai. His father, Vasudevan, was influential in the Travancore court, and as a result sent his son Neelakanda Pillai to work for the government.

1741 the Dutch navy fought to capture the port of Kulachal. When the Dutch forces appeared, Captain Eustaceus de Lanoy was captured and later pardoned by the king and joined the Travancore army. Eustaceus de Lanoy then gained the king’s trust and rose to prominence. Inspired by the Christianity he followed through the practice of Eustasius de Lanoy, the blue-eyed boy converted himself to Christianity and changed his name to Lazarus. He called himself Devasahayam Pillai, which means servant of God.

Devasakaya also criticized caste discrimination after converting to Christianity and spoke of all being equal. He was arrested in 1749 for causing animosity among the upper castes over the speech of Devasakaya. The Vatican reports that Devasakaya, who then suffered various hardships, was shot dead on January 14, 1752.

Vatican press reports state that Devasahayam Pillai was arrested and killed in 1752 for practicing Christianity. In this case 2012 was declared by the Lord as blessed. It is noteworthy that at present he is also canonized. It is noteworthy that Devasahayam Pillai was the first Tamil to be canonized.

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