A global religious congregation of women, which runs various convents across the country, is celebrating its bicentenary with a four-day event here. The celebrations of the Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, founded in October 1818 by Saint Claudine Thevenet in Lyon, France, is being hosted by St Patrick's Junior College -- Asia's oldest convent, which was also founded by the Saint in 1842. Dignitaries from across the globe, including Sister Monica Joseph -- the superior-general of the congregation, the cardinal of Lyon, and three sisters from Pakistan, will attend the event. The Lyon cardinal, Philippe Barbarin, is currently awaiting trial over allegations that he covered up for a paedophile priest in his diocese, according to reports. The event began with a procession to Akbar's Church, led by dancing troupes from various RJM-run schools, showcasing the unity and diversity of India.
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