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Reflection on India’s first lay Catholic Saint

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Reflection on India's first lay Catholic Saint
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Bishop Thomas Neylon, Lead Bishop for Asia for the Bishops’ Conference, has recorded a short reflection on Blessed Lazarus, also called Devasahayam, an 18th-century Indian martyr. He was a married Hindu man who converted to Catholicism and suffered much persecution for his faith.

A Catholic for only seven years, he was shot dead in the Aralvaimozhy forest on January 14, 1752.

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Statue of Devasahayam Pillai, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Kottar, Nagercoil
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