The Basilica of Bom Jesus, a world heritage site holding the mortal remains of Francis Xavier is located at Old Goa. This church was built in the 16th century.
This Basilica is world renouned for the presence of body of St.Francis Xavier kept on display for public viewing every ten years in December. People from all walks of life pay a visit to this shrine during the period of public viewing. The next viewing of the body would be in December 2014. The Saint is reported to have miraculous powers of healing.
The golden coloured alter emits rays of grace. There is an inscription "Hi Mhoji Khudd" below the alter where the body of the saint is kept for public reverence. More than 400 years old body of the saint is still available for public display. This is a miracle as normally any human body does not last more than 72 hours. The body of this Saint has been in good shape even after four centuries is nothing but a miracle. St.Franic Xavier was the only European Missionary who visited India in the 16th Century to proclaim the words of Jesus.
His life story is quite interesting. From a tax collector who used to beat people for non-payment of taxes, he was a converted person by the persistent prodding by St.Ignatious Loyola. St.Ignatious would tell him "what is the use of conquering the whole world but lose your soul". The persistency of St.Ignatious finally played on the mind of St.Francis Xavier and he gave up all his wealth and position and set about living a frugal life of penance and teaching.
During childhoold we were told that St.Francis Xavier was travelling to China for spreading the word of God, when the ship he was sailing got entangled in a storm and he was thrown into the shores of Suncian islands where there was only limestone around. When he died on on 2.12.1552, he was buried under the limestone at that place. After sometime, when a ship was sailing by the side of that shore, they saw light at his grave. When the crew of ship went to examine the cause of light in the otherwise uninhabitated area, they found the grave and when they dug the grave, his body was found in tact. The body was brought to Goa.To proclaim his saint, Rome wanted that as a proof, his right hand should present itself at Rome for signing the document. His right hand miraculously presented itself at Rome and signed the document. His right hand is still at Rome. His body at Goa does not have the right hand.
There are number of churches in India named after this great missionery and saint. He is the true missionary who travelled thousands of miles in those days to proclaim the word of God.