The only other woman from India on the path to sainthood is Mother Teresa who was beatified five years ago. Indians from all over the world had reached Rome to be a part of the proud moment. Sr Alphonsa was born in 1910. She became nun in 1927. Though she died at the young age of 36, she created a much bigger family of Sisters of the Franciscan clarist Congrgation with her short life of unflinching faith.
The Vatican took more than 50 years to scrutinise Sr Alphonsa's life and work before conferring one of church's highest spiritual honours.