Goa to ban drinking near Exposition Site;

Has the State taken over responsibility from Church? The things, as they are moving vis a vis Exposition of Mortal Remains of St. Francis Xavier, does seem so. It is needless to say that the religious feature has been turned into a Tourist Mela. Devotees have started asking questions, nay the questions are on their minds for long time, whether it is right to continue with this Exposition every ten years.

Putting forward are views of some devotees, in the context of an earlier post on this subject. You decide, if you concur with them or have a different view.



  1. October 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm · Edit

    so simple.The Archbishop of Goa, just needs to make a statement and all will be OKAY.The issue is that the clergy has distanced it self from the laity.Take the issue of the cannonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz at Sri lanka, I called our local AB house as well the the AB house at Goa, both of them could not give me a specific reply. I then asked my friend at Sri Lanka to find out and the information was with me in a hour. Sad but true.

  2. Benwen Lopez said,

    October 28, 2014 at 11:17 pm · Edit

    Well they should revise the entire exposition and keep it permanently exposed….in this way the ‘circus’ can stop, and the exploitation and corruption is reduced.

  3. Cedric Vaz said,

    November 1, 2014 at 10:41 pm · Edit

    It is indeed sad that one of our greatest saints St.Francis Xavier is not being laid to “rest in peace forever” (in short …… buried like so many Christians who have died even after him) including all of us who will also be buried one day and made to R.I.P. How much more will we exploit this good Saint in order to fulfill our selfish wishes – which started off as “conversion” to Christianity and has now gone on to make big money in the name of “tourism” ! This is definitely NOT the spirit of Christianity NOR the message given to us by Christ !!


Every 10 years his remains, reverentially referred to as ‘relics’ and stored carefully away from public gaze, are exhibited to the general public.

Panaji:The Goa government will prohibit drinking in and around the historic Old Goa church complex which, later this month, will host the state’s biggest religious event in a decade – the decennial exposition of Spanish Saint Francis Xavier.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters here that instructions to this effect had been issued to liquor retailers and bars near the church complex, located about 10 km from Panaji, and those drinking in the open will be prosecuted.

“Bars will not be allowed to sell liquor in PET bottles and retailers have been asked to pack bottles before selling them. They have also been issued instructions not to allow customers to drink in the open,” Parrikar told reporters after inspecting the preparedness for the exposition.

“Anyone seen with open bottles or glasses in public will be prosecuted. Instructions have been issued,” Parrikar said.

Goa has a comparably less severe alcohol regime and the prices are cheaper compared to other states in the country making it a major draw for tourists coming here.

The 16th century Spanish saint is credited with bringing Christianity to Goa and every 10 years his remains, reverentially referred to as ‘relics’ and stored carefully away from public gaze, are exhibited to the general public.

According to the church authorities, around five million devotees from across the world are expected to attend the event this year.

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