Catholic Shrines in Chennai, India: The politics of renewal and apostolic legacy

1st Edition

Thomas Charles Nagy

Routledge
Published August 17, 2016
Reference - 246 Pages - 50 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781472485168 - CAT# Y259703

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Summary

Though proportionally small, India's Christians are a populous and significant minority. Focussing on various Roman Catholic churches and shrines located in Chennai, a large city in South India where activities concerning saintal revival and shrinal development have taken place in the recent past, this book investigates the phenomenon of Catholic renewal in India. The author tracks the changing local significance of St. Thomas the Apostle, who according to local legend, was martyred and buried in Chennai and details the efforts of the Church hierarchy in Chennai to bring about a revival of devotion to St. Thomas. Insodoing, the book considers Indian Catholic identity, Indian Christian indigeneity and Hindu nationalism, as well as the marketing of St. Thomas and Catholicism within South India.

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