|Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Euphrasia|
Two Indians move closer to canonization
Both Blessed Chavara and Blessed Euphrasias belonged to Kerala-based Syro Malabar Church, from which Saint Alphonsa also hailed.
Posted on April 4, 2014, 8:11 AM
Two saintly people from Kerala—Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Blessed Euphrasia—have moved a step closer to canonization when Pope Francis today approved miracles attributed to them.
Pope authorized Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to promulgate decrees accepting the miracles attributed to them, Vatican information service said on Thursday.
Blessed Chavara (1805-1871), who founded the Carmalites Mary Immaculate (CMI) congregation, was born near Alappuzha in Kerala.
He is also revered was a social reformer who worked hard for the development and education of people throughout Kerala by encouraging to have school at village parishes.
The CMI congregation is now renowned for its socio-educational services across the country, even in remote villages of northern India.
Sister Euphrasia (1877-1952), was born in near Thrissur in central Kerala.
She joined the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel at Koonammavu in Kerala the first indigenous congregation of Syro-Malabars.
She was was often afflicted with various illnesses which caused her intense suffering. Once, during a particularly painful attack, the Sisters were resolved to send her away to home, but through an apparition of the Holy Family she received a miraculous healing that permitted her to continue in the convent.
Mother Euphrasia had a profound sense of Church and she personally felt the sorrows and problems of the Church of her day. She offered her mortifications and penances for the conversion of schismatics and asked the novices and children to pray for them.
The Vatican has not announced the miracles it accepted to decree the canonization of these saintly people.
Sister Alphonsa of Bharananganam became India's first woman saint when she was canonized on October 12, 2008.