CANONISATION

  • The four steps to attain sainthood November 23, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: What are the 4 steps to attain sainthood? Before a person can be considered for sainthood, he/she must have been dead for at least 5 years. Step 1: 'Servant of god' A Bishop is placed in charge of the initial investigation of the person's life. Usually between 5 to 50 years after...
  • India's new saint comes alive on big screen October 27, 2008

    Thiruvananthapuram: A film about a Roman Catholic nun who was declared India's first woman saint, opens in cinemas in November, just weeks after the Pope canonised her in a special ceremony at the Vatican. Sister Alphonsa, who deliberately disfigured herself at a young age to ward off suitors and...
  • Celebrations in Saint Alphonsa's village in Kerala October 13, 2008

    Bharananganam (Kerala): For Christians in India October 12 will remain special for a long time to come. Pope Benedict XVI declared blessed Alphonsa of Bharananganam a saint, a rare moment in the history of Christianity in India. The canonisation took place in the Vatican, but the real celebration was...
  • Saint Alphonsa and the road to sainthood October 13, 2008

    Vatican: Kerala nun Sister Alphonsa, who at the age of seven had dedicated herself to serving Jesus Christ, calling him "my divine Spouse", was greatly disturbed when her family decided to get her married at 13. She prayed fervently and even contemplated disfiguring herself to escape the torment, according to a...
  • India's pride: St Alphonsa | Sister to Saint | In Pics October 12, 2008

    Vatican City: Kerala nun Sister Alphonsa was declared a saint at ceremony in Vatican on Sunday. Pope Benedict XVI canonised her at a ceremony in St Peter's Square, making Alphonsa the first Indian woman saint. The canonisation took place after 1440 hrs IST and the ceremony was attended by around 25,000...
  • Discuss: Indiaborn nun to be canonised tomorrow October 11, 2008

    Come October 12 and India will have its first catholic saint. ...
  • The making of a saint: What is canonisation October 9, 2008

    New Delhi: Canonisation is a process used by the Church to determine whether a person is worthy of being declared a saint. A petition is made to open the cause for this person's canonisation and a report on the candidate. is sent to the Congregation for the causes of saints in...
  • Kerala nun first Indian to be canonised | What is Canonisation? October 8, 2008

    Kerala: Sudha has brought her 25yearold handicapped son struck by a fever at the age of 14 that left him paralysed to pray at the tomb of Sister Alphonsa. She wants the sister's spirit to heal her son. "We know we have to come to the saint. Alphonsa amma...
  • Keralaborn nun to be made Saint, relics taken to Rome October 3, 2008

    Kottayam: A delegation from Bharananganam has taken two pieces of bone, the holy relics of Sister Alphonsamma, to the Vatican from here as part of canonisation of the Clarist nun by Pope Benedict on October 12. The delegation also last night took a portrait of the nun to be displayed during...
  • Keralite nun to be first female saint of India March 3, 2008

    Thiruvananthapuram: The first Indian woman upon whom sainthood is to be conferred is not Mother Teresa, but Sister Alphonsa, who hails from Palai, Kerala. The Pope's decision to canonise the Sister has had hundreds of believers thronging her tomb. The nun is credited with performing a miracle, when, in May 1999, a...
  • Vatican makes it tougher to be a saint February 19, 2008

    Vatican City: The Vatican is making it tougher to become a saint. New procedures announced today call for more "rigour" and "sobriety" by bishops deciding to begin the process of beatification and determining the required miracles. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, head of the Vatican's sainthood office, recently suggested that the Vatican was...
  • Crisis of faith: Mother Teresa more human than saint? September 6, 2007

    Wednesday was the 10th death anniversary of Mother Teresa, eulogised across the world by many sobriquets like the saint of the gutter and the messiah of love for the poorest of the poor. Yet she has some fierce critics, who call her a fanatic, a fundamentalist and even a fraud....
  • Mother Teresa's canonisation not at risk August 25, 2007

    London: A day after it was revealed that Mother Teresa had a deep crisis of faith in God for the last four decades of her life, the Vatican has said her path to sainthood will not be affected by the controversy. "Mother Teresa has already been beatified. For her canonisation as...