Nilakandan went on to learn Tamil and Malayalam, and landed a job at the Travancore Kingdom palace.
The 54-page text, titled 'Praedicate Evanglium,' or 'Proclaiming the Gospel,' replaces the founding constitution 'Pastor Bonus' penned by St.John Paul II in 1988.
Speaking to thousands of people in St. Peter's Square for his Sunday blessing, Francis also said the bombing of hospitals and other civilian targets was barbaric and with 'no valid strategic reason'.
On Friday, Pope Francis in an extraordinary step went to the Russian Embassy to the Holy See to meet with the Russian ambassador.
The Holy See's editorial director, Andrea Tornielli, provided the Vatican's first substantial response to the report.
The 67-year-old cardinal, who as secretary of state is the Vatican's number two after the pope, was currently in isolation, exhibiting only "mild symptoms," said Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni.
For the first time, a layman and a nun provided the English and Spanish translations of Francis’ weekly catechism lesson rather than a cloaked monsignor, a small but revolutionary change.
The book follows an article on the same topic by the Vatican-approved Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica in 2020 and earlier reports in the Vatican's women's magazine about the sexual abuse of nuns.
Italian conservatives had voiced outrage about the document, claiming among other things that it was cancelling Christmas.
The canonisation of Blessed Lazarus, popularly known as Devasahayam Pillai who was a Catholic for just seven years, will be held at the Vatican on May 15, 2022.
The statement comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called on Pope Francis in Vatican City.
PM Modi was accompanied by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar.
No live pictures or video of the meeting was expected, due to last-minute Vatican restrictions on press access.
Norway, Afghanistan and England have all witnessed fatal acts of violence recently.
The European Court of Human Rights dismissed a case brought by 24 people who said they were victims of abusive priests in Belgium.