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National Shame: President Mukherjee repeats the St Thomas in India tale to Santa Claus – Rajat Pandit

“We, in India, also celebrate Christmas in quite a big way. Christianity was brought to India by Saint Thomas, the Apostle himself, in the year 52AD. Thus, the faith was embraced by the people of India well before many European … Continue reading

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The question of the St. Thomas origin of Indian Christianity – C.I. Issac

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“The Thomas origin of Christianity in the Dravidian South was the outcome of the missionary schema against Hindu religion and culture.” – Prof. C.I. Issac Speech by Prof. C. I. Issac, Former Head of Department of History, Mahatma Gandhi University, … Continue reading

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Pope denies St. Thomas evangelised South India – Ishwar Sharan

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Pope Benedict XVI’s statement on September 27, 2006 during a public audience, that the apostle St. Thomas only reached as far as North-West India — today’s Pakistan — was factually correct and reflected the statements of the Early Church Fathers and the geography … Continue reading

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Muziris: Dr. Nagaswamy nails false propaganda on St. Thomas – Media Reports

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“When looking at the literature on the life of St. Thomas, it is not mentioned anywhere that he came to India. It is only a myth, which has now been connected with the excavations at Pattanam, near Kodungalloor,” – Dr. … Continue reading

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How Christian missionaries invented ‘Dravidian Christianity’ – Rajiv Malhotra

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In south India, a new identity called Dravidian Christianity is being constructed. It is an opportunistic combination of two myths: the “Dravidian race” myth and another that purports that early Christianity brought by St. Thomas shaped the major Hindu classics! … Continue reading

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The Deccan Chronicle Deceits – Ishwar Sharan

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“Journalists have a vested interest in ignorance.” – George Bernard Shaw For the note on the early Christian FISH SYMBOL and their later use of the CROSS as an identifying mark, scroll to the bottom of this page. The Deccan Chronicle is … Continue reading

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Ishwar Sharan’s correspondence with the Vatican


“Nor do we have other data regarding Saint Thomas since this Archive was begun in 1588. His life is the object of the research of historians which is not the particular competence of this Congregation.” – Prefect, Congregation for the Causes of Saints


Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints


The request:

The Prefect
Sacred Congregation of Rites
Vatican City, Italy
26 August 1996

Respected Sir,

I am doing research on St. Thomas in India and have learned that your office issued a letter on November 13, 1952 which stated that the landing of St. Thomas at Cranganore in 53 A.D. is unverified.

I would like to know if in fact the said letter was issued and, if that is not the case, whether you can confirm that St. Thomas was martyred and buried in Madras.

I would be most grateful if you could direct me to any authentic evidence supporting the story of St. Thomas in India.

Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,

Ishwar Sharan


Vatican letterhead for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.


The response:

This Congregation for the Causes of Saints has received your letter of 26th August last in which you have asked for information regarding Saint Thomas’ presence in India.

We have not found in our Archives the letter supposedly written by this Congregation on 13th November 1952, of which you speak, because of a lack of more precise data (diocese, destination, etc.).

Nor do we have other data regarding Saint Thomas since this Archive was begun in 1588. His life is the object of the research of historians which is not the particular competence of this Congregation.[1]

Rome, September 11, 1996.

[The letter was authenticated with the Vatican seal]

Congregation for the Causes of Saints
10, Piazza Pio XII
Rome – 00193 Italy


Notes

  1. On 13 November 1952 the Vatican sent a letter to the Christians of Kerala stating that the alleged landing of St. Thomas at Muziris (Cranganore/Kodungallur) was unverified. The Vatican chose not to confirm the sending of this letter to Ishwar Sharan in 1996 on the disingenuous grounds that he had not supplied them with enough information to locate it in their archives. In fact they could have given him a positive reply if they had wished to. Pope Benedict XVI has since stated in public that St. Thomas did not evangelize South India.

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Ishwar Sharan's letter to the Vatican

Vatican's reply to Ishwar Sharan

 

 

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1 – In memory of a slain saint – C.A. Simon

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The article which follows, published in the Indian Express, Madras, on 30 December 1989, and the refusal of the editor to publish our reply, was the reason we began our research into the St. Thomas in India legend. Had the … Continue reading

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2 – Legend of a slain saint to stain Hinduism – Swami Tapasyananda

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Swami Tapasyananda, the author of this article, was an erudite Indian sannyasi scholar and vice-president of the Ramakrishna Order from 1985 to 1991. He wrote the article when he was president of the Ramakrishna Math in Mylapore, Madras, in 1989. A … Continue reading

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Mythical Thomas, devious Deivanayagam, and conniving Church – B.R. Haran

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“Tamil Hindus must understand that the Church is frustrated at the decimation of LTTE and would get back with more vigour and venom, applying different strategies. Tamil Hindus are certainly in for tougher and troubled times. The onus lies on … Continue reading

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