Saturday, December 3, 2011

See (Se) Cathedral in Old Goa, India

No. 134
See Cathedral - today the most imposing church in old Goa.  The sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier are kept during exposition.

postmarked in 2010 with three India 'Homi Jahangir Bhabha' stamps

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The Se Cathedral is a cathedral in Old Goa, India, dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria. It is the cathedral of the Latin Rite Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, and the seat of the Patriarch of the East Indies. It is one of the oldest and most celebrated religious buildings in Goa and is one of the largest churches in Asia.

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Saint Francis Xavier, born Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta (7 April 1506 – 3 December 1552 on Shangchuan Island, China) was a pioneering Roman Catholic missionary born in the Kingdom of Navarre (Spain) and co-founder of the Society of Jesus, a priestly order of the Catholic Church. 
He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Asian Portuguese Empire of the time. He was influential in the spreading and upkeep of Catholicism most notably in India, but also ventured into Japan, Borneo, the Moluccas, and other areas which had thus far not been visited by Christian missionaries. 

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