Seeing double: Twins assembly in Kerala

June 19, 2014 11:10 pm | Updated 11:10 pm IST - KOTTAYAM

The twins who met at the St Gervasius and St Protasius Forane Church at Kothanallore near Kottayam on Thursday.

The twins who met at the St Gervasius and St Protasius Forane Church at Kothanallore near Kottayam on Thursday.

For the eighth time in a row, twins from all over Kerala gathered at the St. Gervasius and Protasius Forane Church in Kothanallore here to participate in the feast marking the martyrdom of the twin saints of the Roman Catholic Church.

This time 549 twins participated in the feast of St. Gervasius and St. Protasius, believed to have been killed by Roman authorities in Milan, Italy, during the second century AD.

This unique convergence of twins began when the Church authorities decided to have a special Mass for the twins belonging to the parish in 2007. The first conclave saw the participation of 35 pairs.

The number of participants had registered a steady increase ever since and in 2012, there were 503.

The eldest among the participants in this year’s meet were the 87-year-old twins named Gervasius and Protasius.

The youngest twins were 54-day-old James and Linu. The largest contingent was from Mary Mount School, Kattachira, which paraded 23 pairs, while SKPS School, Kaduthuruthy, had 14 pairs of twins at the meet. Interestingly, five pairs of twin Catholic nuns and three pairs of priests were also present.

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