Let us pray, peace be with us:

"The Cross that has been the cause of our good and by which our mortal humanity was set free,
O Lord, be for us a strong fortress. And by this Cross, we shall overcome the wicked one and All his devices."

(Syro-Malabar Qurbana)

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Marthoma Nazranis of Goa


The new book, "Apostolic Christianity in Goa and the West Coast" was recently released. This work is not only historical but has spiritual dimensions, stated Professor and Head, Department of Philosophy and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at the Goa University, Dr A V Afonso on the occasion. Affirming that this booking is a path breaking study he further said that this book is a must-read by historians as well as lay people.


The book is the fruit of a strenuous research of Father Cosme Jose Costa who discovered the St Thomas Cross (Marthoma Sliba) in the village of Agasaim, providing evidence that St Thomas Christians (Marthoma Nazranis) existed in Goa and the West Coast of India long before the arrival of the Portuguese in 1510. The finding of Marthoma Sliba in Agasaim, Goa inspired to write the book  "Apostolic Christianity in Goa", reports Fr Cosme Jose Costa.


Against the common misconception that Christianity was introduced in Goa by the Portuguese, the pages of this book will take the reader to trace the presence of Christianity in Goa from apostolic times. This is a period when Christianity was brought to India, immediately after its birth and even before its spread to other parts of the then known world, including Europe and even Rome. This research work also helps to understand the ancient roots of Goa, with the background of the millennial history of India, its contacts with the West, the ancient trade routes, the rulers and dynasties and all that led to the development of the complex Indian civilization, to which the Konkan was part.


The author is a member of the Society of the Missionaries of St Francis Xavier (Society of Pilar), and Professor of History of the World and of the Church at the All India Mission Seminary, Pilar.  He has also written several books and contributed several research articles at history seminars and periodicals.


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