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India: First Layperson to be Canonised

The announcement that India will get its first canonized laymen next spring will be a “great encouragement” to the Christian faithful, according to a prominent priest in the country.

Nilakandan Pillai was born in 1712 in what is now the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in the south of the Indian subcontinent. When he was baptized, he took the name “Lazarus” – Devasahayam in the local Tamil language. He stopped using the name “Pillai” after his conversion, since it was a Hindu caste name.

Source: Cruxnow

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