What Devasahayam Pillai’s sainthood means for Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari, inter-faith marriages, communal harmony
A special prayer was conducted across the churches of Kanyakumari on May 15, when Pope canonized Devasahayam Pillai with sainthood. Photos: On special arrangement

The coastal city of Kanyakumari right at the tail end of India leads the country in many ways. For one, it is among the leading tourist destinations of the country and the top choice for those wanting to see sunrise and sunset over the ocean. Endowed with attractive tourist spots such as the Bhagavathy Amman Temple, Vivekananda Rock memorial, 133-feet Thiruvalluvar Statue and umpteen historic churches, Kanyakumari has recently received what locals call as “one more blessing”.

On June 5, even as tourists who flocked to Kanyakumari found themselves engrossed in sightseeing and walking along the beaches, the local Christians, who comprise about 61 per cent of the population, thronged the churches in larger numbers than what was usual for Sundays.

The rush to the church was to participate in a ceremony organised by Kuzhithurai Diocese to express the district’s gratitude for canonising Blessed Devasahayam Pillai with sainthood.

On May 15, Pope Francis canonised Blessed Devasahayam and nine other new saints during the Canonisation Mass in St Peter’s Basilica that was attended by over 50,000 faithfuls from all over the world.

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