Devasahayam Pillai is the first Indian layman to be named a saint by Pope Francis.

Devasahayam Pillai is the first Indian layman to be canonized . He was declared a saint on Sunday .

At the request of the Kottar diocese, the Tamil Nadu Bishops Council, and the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, Pope Francis declared Devasahayam Pillai, a saint on Sunday, as the first Indian layman to be canonized.