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DIOCESAN PROCESS

After more than 240 years, during which several attempts were made to present the Cause to the Holy See, including the Ad Limina visit report of the then Bishop Clemens Josephus, SJ, to Pope Benedict XIV, dated 15 November 1756, finally the Cause was instituted Canonically in the diocese of Kottar in the Year 1993 by Bishop Leon A. Tharmaraj. The formal “instruction of the Cause” to the Congregation for Saints was sent ahead of the Ad Limina Visit of the Bishops of Tamil Nadu in 2003, and the Bishop’s’ under the leadership of Archbishop Peter Fernando went as a group to the Cardinal Prefect and recommended the Cause. The Nihil Obstat from the Sacred Congregation for Saints was issued on 22 December 2003.

Fr. George Nedungatt SJ was appointed by the diocesan Bishop as the Postulator of the Cause (in Rome). A new Tribunal was canonically set up, so also a Historical Commission in 2004. Both started working intensely. The historical having completed its work, under the guidance of the Postulator, the diocesan enquiry was started with the solemn Opening Session by Bishop Leon A. Tharmaraj on 3 July 2006. 106 witnesses were interviewed. The solemn Concluding Session was presided over by the present Bishop Peter Remigius on 7 September 2008.

The boxes containing the documents of the Diocesan Enquiry were duly sent to the Congregation for Saints in September 2008. The authorities of the Congregation examined the documents and issued the Validity of the Diocesan Process on 18 March 2010.