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The four others Blessed from India

Kolkata Oct. 19. Mother Teresa's beatification today puts her in line with four other Roman Catholic religious persons from India so far declared Blessed or beatified by the Vatican and assigned feast days in accordance with laws of the Roman Catholic Church.Of the four, Blessed Joseph Vaz was born on April 21, 1651 at Benaulim, Goa. He died in Kandi, Sri Lanka on January 7, 1711 and was declared Blessed on July 6, 1997.

Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara was born near Alappuzha in Kerala on February 10, 1805. January 4. His cause of canonisation was taken up in He was declared Blessed in 1986. Sr. Alphonsa Muttathadill, was born on August 19, 1910 at Kudamaloor near Kottayam. She joined the Fransiscan Clarist Congregation at Bharananganam in 1927 and received the habit on May 19, 1930.r She was declared Blessed on February 8, 1986 at a function in Kottayam, Kerala. Maria Theresa Chiramel, was born in Puttencheria near Thrissur, a, on April 26, 1876. She was beatified on April 9, 2000.— PTI

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