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Indian Nun’s Killer Participates in Her Beatification Mass

Above, Cardinal Angelo Amato blesses a portrait of Blessed Rani Maria Vattalil Nov. 4. Below, Cardinal Telesphore Toppo greets Sister Rani’s killer, Samandar Singh. (Anto Akkara photos)


Indian Nun’s Killer Participates in Her Beatification Mass

Clarist Sister Rani Maria Vattalil, whose family subsequently forgave the Hindu man who brutally murdered her, was beatified Nov. 4 in Indore, India.

INDORE, India — More than 15,000 people, including hundreds of nuns and priests from far corners of India, witnessed the beatification of Franciscan Clarist Sister Rani Maria Vattalil at a Nov. 4 ceremony led by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Sister Rani — who was brutally murdered aboard a bus in 1995 — was beatified with four cardinals of India and 50 bishops from across the country converging at Indore in the Hindu heartland of central India, which has only a nominal Christian presence, including Sister Rani’s former Clarist convent in the town of Udainagar.

Also present was the Hindu man who murdered her: Samandar Singh, who shed tears at the ceremony when he was embraced by the martyred nun’s older brother.

Read more on: National Catholic Register 

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