The heartbreaking case of the killing of Fr. Xavier Thelakkat, rector of Kurishumala church, Malayattoor by a former sacristan of the church, had deeply saddened the Syro-Malabar Catholics of Kerala. Thresia Thelakkat, mother of Fr. Xavier visited the sacristan, Johny Vattekadan's family, pardoning him of the crime committed. The priest was stabbed to death by Johny Vattekadan in vengeance to Johny's dismissal from a 37-year old service as sexton to the Kurishumala church.