Francis Xavier, priest – December 3rd
St Francis Xavier (d. 1552, Shangchuan Island, China) (Relics: Rome, Italy; Goa, India; Antwerp, Belgium)
First Class Relics
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Near Gandhi Circle
403402 Old Goa, Goa, India
*The body of St Francis Xavier rests within a casket in the right transept of this church.
Il Gesu (The Jesus)
Via degli Astalli 16
*This church is located along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele. It honors a number of Jesuit saints.
*An arm of St Francis Xavier rests within a reliquary above the altar in the right transept. With this arm he baptized thousands of individuals in India and the Far East.
*St Ignatius of Loyola (d. 1556), the founder of the Jesuits, is buried under the altar in the left transept. His rooms are located in the Generalate next to the church and may be visited.
*The remains of St Peter Faber (d. 1546), an early companion of St Ignatius, are also located here. They are said to rest below the main entrance to this church having been placed here when the church was built in the 16th century. During the placement of these relics it was impossible to separate the bones of St Peter Faber from the bones of other individuals; therefore, his bones are buried together with theirs.
Sint Carolus Borromeuskerk
(Saint Charles Borromeo Church)
Hendrik Conscienceplein 12
2000 Antwerp, Belgium
*A small relic of St Francis Xavier is preserved in this church in a chapel to the left of the main sanctuary.
Churches of Honor in Rome
San Francesco Saverio del Caravita
(St Francis Xavier of Caravita)
Via del Caravita 7
*This oratory is east of the Pantheon. It is dedicated to St Francis Xavier. It is not open often.