Ishwar Sharan’s correspondence with the Vatican

Alberto Bovone

“Nor do we have other data regarding Saint Thomas since this Archive was begun in 1588. His life is the object of the research of historians which is not the particular competence of this Congregation.” – Prefect, Congregation for the Causes of Saints

Ishwar Sharan's Letter

Vatican's Letter

Observation on the Prefect’s reply

On 13 November 1952 the Vatican sent a letter to the Christians of Kerala stating that the alleged landing of St. Thomas at Muziris (Cranganore/Kodungallur) was unverified. The Vatican chose not to confirm the sending of this letter to Ishwar Sharan in 1996 on the disingenuous grounds that he had not supplied them with enough information to locate it in their archives. In fact they could have given him a positive reply if they had wished to. Pope Benedict has since stated in public that St. Thomas did not evangelise South India. – Editor