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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Indian Catholics Father Kuriakose Chavara and Sister Euphrasia canonised by Pope in Vatican

Two Kerala-born Indian Catholics Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia were canonized by Pope Francis on 23-11-2014 at St Peter’s Square in Vatican. 
Chavara had been a visionary priest and social reformer whose contributions spread across education, media and social justice. 
Born-February 10, 1805
Kainakary, Kuttanad, Kingdom of Travancore
Died-January 3, 1871 (aged 65)
Koonammavu, Kingdom of Cochin
Honored in-Catholic Church
Beatified-8 February 1986, Kottayam by Pope John Paul II
Canonized-23 November 2014, Rome by Pope Francis
Major shrine-St. Joseph’s Syro-Malabar Dayra Church, Mannanam, Kottayam[1]
Feast-3 January (Syro-Malabar)

Attributes-Syrian Catholic saint and social reformer
He had started the first school for weaker sections and ensured every church erected a school nearby. The priest, who fought for appointing Kerala priests as bishops instead of foreign missionaries, had founded the first Catholic religious congregation for men and women in the country. Towards the fag end of his life, Chavara had been appointed as the first vicar-general of the Syro-Malabar Church, taking it from the shadow of the Latin Catholic Church in Kerala.
Euphrasia had been a member of the congregation Carmelites of Mother Carmel (CMC), founded by Kuriakose Elias Chavara. Known as ‘praying mother’, she had fully dedicated her life to prayer. 
Born-October 17, 1877
Kattoor, Thrissur District, Kerala, India Flag of India.svg
Died-August 29, 1952
Ollur, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Honored in-Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Beatified-December 3, 2006, Ollur, Thrissur by Mar Varkey Vithayathil
Canonized-23 November 2014, Rome by Pope Francis
Major shrine-St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Church, Ollur
Feast-August 29 (Syro-Malabar)

Attributes-Syrian Catholic saint
Kuriakose Chavara, popularly called Chavara Achan, and Euphrasia, who is known as Evuprasiamma. Both of them were born in the 19th century and went on to become the solace for tens of thousands of believers. Chavara Achan was born about 70 years before Evuprasiamma and died in 1871 at the age of 65. Evuprasiamma died in 1952.
The first saint from the state was Sister Alphonsa, fondly called Alphonsamma, who was also the first saint of Indian origin.

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