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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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Did a Hindu king kill St. Thomas? – Ishwar Sharan

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Hindus will never hear from Christian leaders a sincere confession of wrong doing. What Hindus will hear and see are more spurious histories of  St. Thomas and charges of “deicide” by motivated faith writers like Ponnu Elizabeth Mathew and unscrupulous … 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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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 – Archbishop Arulappa sends his document forger to jail – Ganesh Iyer & K.P. Sunil

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“When some celebrations were held in Kerala over two decades ago, Jawaharlal Nehru, our then prime minister, who attended the functions, asked the learned priests who had gathered: ‘Is it really true that St. Thomas came to India?’ Nobody answered … Continue reading

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Is not Archbishop Chinnappa obliged to accept the Pope’s stand on St. Thomas in India? – V. Sundaram

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“Every cleric must obey the Pope, even if he commands what is evil; for no one may judge the Pope.” – Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) A rupees 50 crore plus mega production in silver screen on St. Thomas, one of the … Continue reading

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Kapaleeswara Temple Memorial Plaque – Ishwar Sharan

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This 4 ft. x 15 ft. high marble plaque was erected on the eastern gopuram wall in the present Kapaleeswara Temple by eminent citizens of Chennai led by Vidwan Arunai Vadivel Mudaliar in 1990. The section “Mylapore’s Ancient Past” reads: … Continue reading

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Alas and alack, Robert Beckford is no Dan Brown! – Ishwar Sharan

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Dr. Beckford’s ancestors where slaves brought from Ghana to Jamaica by European Christian traders who had a well developed “theology of slavery” to justify their inhuman trade. Considering this and the “divinely inspired” pro-slavery statement in St. Paul’s Letter to … Continue reading

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Tamil scholars condemn Christian author for misrepresenting Tiruvalluvar as St. Thomas’s disciple – R.S. Narayanaswami

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“Dr. R. Nagaswami, eminent archaeologist, who had done some excavations at Santhome Church along with a Jesuit, quoted profusely from the writings of Jesuits and exploded the myth of the visit of St. Thomas to India.” – R.S. Narayanaswami The … Continue reading

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Wikipedia & Encyclopedia Britannica: Their counterfeit St. Thomas entries exposed – Ishwar Sharan

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“We have concluded that the portion of the article that refers to Thomas’ later life places too much emphasis on the unlikely scenario of his traveling to, and being martyred in India”  – Anthony G. Craine for the editors of … Continue reading

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