2016-12-03 12:58:00

St Francis Xavier: Jesuit and missionary

(Vatican Radio) The 3rd December marks the feast of  St Francis Xavier who was a Jesuit priest and is a patron of the missions. In 1541 he left for India, arriving at the city of Goa.

For the next ten years this missionary priest traveled from Goa to Cape Comorin in south India, then to the East Indies, Malacca, and the Moluccas, and onward to Japan.

The Head of Vatican Radio’s English for India Section, Jesuit Father Melwyn Pinto spoke to Lydia O'Kane about St Francis’ missionary zeal and the indelible mark it has left on his country.


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