Sister Alphonsa

  • Devotees visit Saint Alphonsa's grotto on Sunday November 10, 2008

    Kottayam: In Kottayam district of Kerala, thousand of devotees visited Saint Alphonsa's grotto on Sunday. The grotto was consecrated by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri from the Vatican. A special mass and a thanksgiving celebration was held to mark the canonisation of India's first lady saint near her tomb at Bharananganam. Leonardo Cardinal...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • St Alphonsa's journey, from nun to sainthood October 12, 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...
  • 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...
  • Live TV: Sister Alphonsa's canonisation October 12, 2008

    She is the first Indian nun to be canonised. ...
  • Profile: Who is Sister Alphonsa | To be a saint today October 12, 2008

    Bharnamganam (Kerala): Ninety-nine-year old Lakshmikutty can’t hear or talk much. But the moment she hears the name Annakutty, her face lights up and memories bubble over. Annakutty, her best friend, is better known to the rest of the world as the blessed Sister Alphonsa. Lakshmikutty is the only person alive...
  • India-born nun to be canonised on Sunday | Discuss October 12, 2008

    Bharnamganam (Kerala): India will soon have its first Catholic saint. Sister Alphonsa from Kerala will become the first nun from India to be canonised by the Vatican ahead of Mother Teresa. She’ll be Saint Alphonsa on October 12. One of the miracles attributed to Sister Alphonsa is that of curing...
  • Discuss: India-born 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 12, 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 9, 2008

    Kerala: Sudha has brought her 25-year-old 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...
  • Kerala-born 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...
  • Kerala nun to be saint before Mother Teresa March 3, 2008

    New Delhi: Sister Alphonsa from Kerala will become the first nun from India to be canonised by the Vatican ahead of Mother Teresa. She will become Saint Alphonsa on October 12 this year. The date was announced after a formal meeting of the Pope and other cardinals in the Vatican...