72: One of Jesus’s Apostles Died in India

72: One of Jesus’s Apostles Died in India
Photo Credit To The tomb of St. Thomas the Apostle in Mylapore, India.

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  • Historical event:
  • 21. December 72

According to tradition, St. Thomas the Apostle died a martyr’s death on this day. That saint is often known as “Doubting Thomas” because he didn’t believe the other apostles when they told him about the resurrection of Jesus. Only once Jesus appeared to him in person and allowed him to touch his wounds did Thomas finally believe him and utter the famous words: “My Lord and my God!”. Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

It is interesting that St. Thomas, according to some traditions, died in India, where he had gone to work as a missionary. The place of his death was most likely somewhere near the modern Indian city of Mayilāppūr (near Madras) in the state of Tamil Nadu. Today, there are around 24 million Christians in India. Some of the Indian Christians are called the Saint Thomas Christians to this day. St. Thomas’s stay in India was noted by several Catholic saints, including St. Gregory of Nazianus, an important theologian from the 4th century.

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