Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Another Indian blessed ...

Fr. Augustine Thevarampil, apostle to the untouchables, beatified. [Zenit.]
During his priesthood days among the dalits he personally baptized almost 6,000 people. And he was known as the "apostle of the untouchables."

After celebrating 50 years of priesthood, he died on Oct. 16, 1973, at age 82.

He wished to be buried among his beloved children, in the barren land, but the parishioners demanded that he be laid to rest in the church, at the foot of the altar of St. Augustine, patron of the community.

Ever since then his tomb has been the destination of thousands of pilgrims every year. Solemn celebrations are held especially on Oct. 16 to commemorate his death.

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