Q. With reference to Devsahayam Pillai, consider the following statements:
1. He converted from Hinduism to Christianity.
2. He is the first Indian layman to be declared a saint by the Vatican.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
Notes:

Both statements are correct. 

  • Devsahayam Pillai, an 18th-century Hindu convert to Christianity would be made a saint by the Roman Catholic Church in the Vatican. He is the first Indian layman to be declared a saint by the Vatican. All other Indians elevated as saints have been members of the clergy.  
  • In 1752, just seven years after he became a Catholic, Devasahayam was shot dead. Since then, he has widely been considered a martyr by the Catholic community in South India. 

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