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DECLARATION OF MARTYRDOM/BEATIFICATION OF THE FIRST INDIAN MARTYRED IN INDIA

During a a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, on June 28, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decrees of four martyrs of the Church in preparation for their beatification. Among them is the Indian layman Servant of God Devasahayam (Lazarus) Pillai (1712-1752), killed in hatred of the faith in 1752.