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THE ROMAN PHASE

In July 2010, the Congregation of the Saints appointed Fr. Zdzislaw J. Kijas, OFM Conv., as the Relator of the Cause and nominated Fr. John Kulandai as External Collaborator with the task of drafting the Positio. Under the Direction of the Relator, the Positio was completed by Fr. John Kulandai in June 2011.

The committee of Historical Consultors during their sitting on 15 November 2011 unanimously voted positively that
  1. that the documentary investigations on the life, activities and death of Lazarus v.d Devasahayam Pillai were correctly and completely carried out;

  2. that the documents collected and inserted in the Positio are genuine historical value;

  3. that those documents offer solid foundational evidences on the historicity of the martyrdom of the Servant of God and of the fame of his martyrdom.

The Committee of Theological Consultors, in their session on 7 February 2012, voted positively and unanimously that
  1. The Servant of God, a married lay man, member of the Catholic Church of the Latin rite could, if it pleased the Holy Father, obtain the desired Beatification.

  2. They accentuated the fortitude of faith of Devasahayam Pillai coupled with a generous eagerness to proclaim the same faith, his immense love for God and his expectant readiness to lay down his life for the sake of faith.

  3. They also underlined the relevance of the message of martyrdom and spirituality of the Servant of God Devasahayam Pillai who by his life and death bore witness to the value of equality of all people irrespective of race, religion and culture, a message significant for the situation in India and the world today, because, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28).

    The Fathers of the Congregation, the Cardinals and Bishops, during their Congress on the Cause on 8 May 2012, after listening to the presentation by the Cardinal Head of the group clearly maintained that the Servant of God Devasahayam Pillai was subjected to martyrdom in odium fidei.