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Kerala closer to get another saint

An expert team in Vatican has approved a miracle, the survival of a child born with acute respiratory failure, attributed to her intercession.

 
Thrissur: 

The canonisation process of Sr Mariyam Thressia, the founder of the Holy Family congregation of nuns in Kerala, is a step closer now. An expert team in Vatican has approved a miracle, the survival of a child born with acute respiratory failure, attributed to her intercession.

Christopher, son of Joshy and Shibi from Choondal in Kanavamkod in Thrissur, was baptised the day he was born as doctors feared he would not live long. The child’s lungs were underdeveloped. His heart had three holes. He could have died any day.

But he survived. On April 9, 2009, the doctors testified that the boy was cured.

Christopher’s family avers that they owe the child’s life to the prayers of Sr Thressia. They said that they prayed for the child with a relic of the beatified nun.

Mariam Thressia was born to Anna and Thoma of the Mankudiyan family at Chirammel in Puthenchirayil near Mala on April 26, 1876. She joined a convent when she was just nine years old. She founded the Holy Family congregation on May 14, 1914. She died on June 8, 1926.

The Vatican has been perusing the process to declare the nun a saint. The case of Christopher has given a fillip to the process.

Christopher outlived the medical prognosis but he had difficulty in speaking as a child. The family said that he got better after they took him to pray at the tomb of Sr Thressia.

The case for elevating the nun as a saint has two more stages to pass - a debate in the curia and the approval of the Pope’s office.

Fr Benedict Vadakkekkara and Sr Rosmin Mathew are leading the proceedings.

Source: Manorama

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