Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier was a 16th-century Spanish missionary and priest who is revered as Goencho Saib (Lord of Goa) in Goa. Regarded as one of the greatest missionaries, he is also known as the "Apostle of the Indies" and "Apostle of Japan".  Francis was the 1st Christian missionary to venture into Borneo, Japan, the Maluku Islands, and other areas.

Key Points related to Francis Xavier

  • His death anniversary on December 3 is observed as Day of Navarre in Navarre, Spain where he was born.
  • Saint Francis Xavier was first buried on a beach at Shangchuan Island, on the southern coast of China. His relics were later shifted to the Bom Jesus Basilica, Goa.
  • The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a Roman Catholic basilica which is located in Goa. It is a part of the Churches and convents of Goa which is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Annual feast of St Francis Xavier will be online

Every year, on the death anniversary of Francis Xavier (December 3), a huge congregation with thousands of devotees from the country is held in Goa. However, this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, congregations will not be held rather the observation would be telecasted virtually. The announcement was made by the Church.

Churches and convents of Goa

Churches and convents of Goa is a name given to the group of churches or monuments located in Goa Velha by UNESCO.  This was declared as a World Heritage site in the year 1986.

Written by IAS POINT