Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid his tribute to Sister Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, an Indian nun who would soon be declared as a saint on October 13 by Pope Francis in Vatican City. During his address to the nation in his third Mann Ki Baat episode of the second edition, the PM spoke about Sister Mariam Tresia's contribution towards the society. The Pope has formally approved the canonisation of Sister Mariam Thresia, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family, at an ordinary public consistory of cardinals on causes of canonisation at the Vatican on July 1.
Talking to the nation PM Modi said, "Sister Mariam Thresia, a great personality who would be declared as a saint by Pope Francis on October 13 in Vatican City, Italy. It is a proud moment for every Indian citizen. Sister Mariam Thresia in just 50 years of the short span has proven to be an inspiration for the whole world with her goodness and humanitarian deeds. Her work toward the betterment of the people and society has proven to be an example for everyone. Be it social service or education she was always helpful in all matters."
"Sister Mariam Tresia has opened many schools, hostels, and even orphanages to promote and support education as her mission. She was always dedicated and loyal to her work. She founded the Congregation of the Holy Family which is now serving her life mission and vision ahead. I pay my tributes to Sister Mariam Thresia. I also want to congratulate my fellow Indians, especially my Christian brothers and sisters in India on this occasion." he added.
She was born in Puthenchira in Thrissur district on April 26, 1876, and died in Kuzhikkattussery on June 8, 1926. The nun was declared venerable on June 28, 1999, and beatified on April 9, 2000, by Pope St John Paul II in Rome. She was professed in 1914. The foundress and the first member of the Congregation of the Holy Family, Mariam Thresia belongs to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. The Vatican had earlier declared three Kerala-born Indian Catholics as Saints. While Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia were canonised into the league of saints by Pope Francis in 2014, sister Alphonsa was declared a saint in 2008.