Pope declares 18th century Indian a saint.

Devasahayam Pillai, who converted to Christianity in the 18th century is the first Indian layman to be canonised.

Pope declares 18th century Indian a saint.
Picture Courtesy: Catholic.net.

Devasahayam Pillai, who converted to Christianity in the 18th century, has been declared a saint by Pope Francis on Sunday at the Vatican, making him the first Indian layman to be canonized.

Pope Francis, 85, canonized Devasahayam during the canonization mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, which was attended by almost 50,000 believers from around the world.