Media speculate on Pope’s visit next year, at St. Francis Xavier’s Exposition:

 

 

The Pope is expected to attend the exposition of St Francis Xavier’s remains in Goa.

 

 

 

New Delhi: 

Speculation is rife in Indian media over a possible visit of Pope Francis to India by the end of next year.

The Jesuit pope “might visit India” in November 2014 and is expected to attend the exposition of St Francis Xavier’s mortal remains in Goa, said ibnlive.in.com.

The site based its report on unmanned “sources in the Catholic Church.” It also said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) says it is “not aware of any such plan” of papal visit.

Quoting Archbishop of Bombay Cardinal Oswald Gracias some Malayalam newspapers are saying that the Pope may visit India.

Cardinal Gracias is also the President of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) and a part of the Pope’s advisory counsel.

In April and July some newspapers quoted officials of Bom Jesu cathedral to say that pope could visit the Goa cathedral, where Jesuit saint’s mortal remains are kept.

The exposition of St Francis Xavier is also happening in Nov 22, 2014 to Jan 4, 2015. The dates were announced on Wednesday.

Next year also marks 50 years since Pope John VI, who had addressed a ‘Eucharistic Congress’ in 1964 in Mumbai.

The last Pope to visit India was the Pope John Paul II. He made two official visits to India during his papacy.

India has about 20 million Catholics, whose supreme religious leader is the Pope.

The earlier visits of the Pope to India were opposed by the right wing Hindu groups like the RSS and VHP.

Source: UCAN News

 

Pope Francis , Xavier Exposition , India Visit , Bom Jesu 

 

 

The Vision of St Francis Xavier

The Vision of St Francis Xavier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. October 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Reblogged this on The Iniquitous: Church Crimes.

  2. October 26, 2013 at 7:20 am

    like the BJP suckered the stupid Catholics of Goa to vote them in to power, this is another stunt to pander to the Catholics of Goa, and make them feel that the BJP will protect their religious identity. Wake up you stupid Catholics of Goa !!!!!


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