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Kerala Catholics celebrate as Mariam Thresia declared Saint

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Thrissur (Kerala), Oct 13 Kerala Catholics celebrated on Sunday with the canonisation as Saint of the fourth member of their community earlier in the day by Pope Francis at the Vatican, who declared Sister Mariam Thresia as a new Saint along with four others.

Mariam Thresia founded the Congregation of the Holy Family (CHF) in 1914 at her village Puthenchira, near here.

The other three from the Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala who have been canonised are St. Alphonsa, St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara and St. Euprasia.

Among them, Thresia has achieved the fastest sainthood, as it took her only 19 years to be canonised after being beatified in 2000.

Thresia was born the third of five children to Thoma and Thanda at Puthenchira on April 26, 1876, she took the celibate vow a decade later. In 1902, she chose priest Joseph Vithyathil as her spiritual head.

Following her visions of Mother Mary in 1904, the Sister adopted Mariam as her first nameA and started the CHF congregation in 1914.

She fell ill following an injury to her leg, and passed away on June 8, 1926, when she was only 50 years old.

The long road to be declared a Saint began in 1957. The prayer for beatification took place in 1963 and the first step towards canonisation began in 1971. Her grave was exhumed a decade later as part of the canonisation ritual.

In 1999, after completion of a series of processes, she was raised to the status of ‘Venerable’ and was beatified the following year.

A special prayer session was held at Thresia’s home parish of St Mary’s Church, while the ceremony at the Vatican was shown live in the church.

A fourth generation family member of Thresia said 70 members of their family are in Rome to attend the canonisation ceremony.

“The others are here taking part in the celebrations and everyone here is extremely happy and delighted that they are all able to witness this,” said Jotty Thomas.

“Every home in and around this place was visited by Saint Thresia when she was here and am sure they will feel elated today,” said the senior nun.

“Canonisation does not happen often and I don’t think a similar day, like today, will ever take place in my life and my happiness is at its peak,” said a parishioner.

Of the nearly 18 per cent Christian population of Kerala, more than 50 per cent are Catholics.

Incidentally at today’s function in Vatican, four others also were elevated to Sainthood and it includes Irm Dulce Pontes from Brazil, AMarguerite Bays from Switzerland, John Henry Newman from England and Italian, Josephine Vannini.

The four others declared Saints by Pope Francis on Sunday, along with Thresia, were English Cardinal John Henry Newman, Swiss laywoman Marguerite Bays, Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes and Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini.

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Soren meets Rahul as JMM-Cong govt completes 1 yr in Jharkhand

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Hemant Soren

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi here as the JMM-Congress alliance government completed a year in the state.

According to Congress leaders, Soren called on Rahul Gandhi here and discussed state politics and the JMM-Congress government completing one year in the state.

Besides Soren, Congress’ Jharkhand in-charge R.P.N. Singh was also present in the meeting. Soren had arrived in the national capital after a gap of several months. The Chief Minister was unable to come to Delhi in the last few months due to the nationwide lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Jaishankar raised Mallya’s extradition, UK not giving details: Centre to SC

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he Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that Vijay Mallya’s extradition has been raised at the highest political level, but the UK government has refused to share the details of the confidential proceedings delaying his extradition.

“In December 2020, External Affairs Minister Dr. S.Jaishankar raised the issue with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and most recently in January 2021, the Home Secretary of India raised it with the UK Permanent Under Secretary of Home. UK’s response remained the same”, said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta before a bench headed by Justice U.U. Lalit.

Mehta added that in November last year the foreign secretary of India raised the issue of Vijay Mallya extradition with UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, who responded that the UK’s legal complexities were preventing Mallya’s quick extradition.

Mehta submitted that the Indian government has been informed that there is a further legal issue that needs to be resolved before Mallya can be extradited. “Under United Kingdom law, extradition cannot take place until it is resolved. As it is judicial in nature, the issue is confidential, and you will understand that Her Majesty’s government cannot provide any more details”, said Mehta citing official response from the UK.

Mehta submitted before the bench that his extradition has been pursued at the highest level and sought adjournment on the matter. The top court has fixed the matter for further hearing on March 15.

On August 31, the Supreme Court had dismissed Mallya’s plea seeking review of a 2017 judgment which held him guilty for contempt of court. The top court also sought Mallya’s presence before the court on October 5.

The top court had held him guilty of contempt, as Mallya did not truthfully disclose the full account of his assets. In May 2017, the apex court held him guilty of contempt of court for transferring $40 million to his children, and ordered him to appear on July 10, 2017 to argue on the quantum of punishment.

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We will not quarrel, but celebrate R-Day: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait

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The farmers protesting against the new Central farm laws have announced a ‘Tractor March’ on Republic Day. On Monday, the Supreme Court heard the petition of the Delhi Police on the issue. The apex court said it is for the Delhi Police to decide whether it would allow the farmers to enter Delhi or not.

The apex court asserted that it is the Delhi Police and not the judiciary that has the authority to decide on the issue.

Responding to this SC order, the National Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Rakesh Tikait, said the highest court has taken cognizance of the matter, it is a good thing that the law and order situation must be looked into by the police. At the same time, the farmers leaders have said they would take out a parade on Outer Ring Road in the national capital so the police should come and talk to them and remove the roadblocks for the parade.

Tikait said the citizens of the country cannot be stopped by constitutional institutions or the police from celebrating Republic Day. “We are not going to the national capital to fight. We will celebrate the R-Day in Delhi, earlier we used to celebrate it in the fields and villages. Now we are here in Delhi so we will celebrate the day here,” the BKU spokesperson added.

The Delhi Police had filed a petition in the Supreme Court to ban the ‘Tractor March’ by the farmers on January 26. They had said that law and order could be affected if the march is allowed on Republic Day.

During the SC hearing, it said the entry of farmers into Delhi is a law and order issue and who are allowed to come to Delhi or not is for the Delhi Police to decide.

However, he farmers have said they would take out a parade on January 26 on Outer Ring Road. The parade would include tableaux in vehicles that would showcase the agricultural reality in various states in addition to historical regional and other protest marches.

The farmers would hoist the national flag on these vehicles and also carry the flags of the farmers organisations. No flag of any political party would be allowed in the parade.

There would be participation of the families of the martyrs of the farmer protests, defence service personnel, reputed sportspersons, women farmers etc. Several states are expected to be represented in the parade.

The farmers who can’t come to Delhi to participate in the parade will organise parades in various state capitals and district headquarters.

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