Kahnawake – January 30, 2018 – A historic event occurred today in Kahnawake while the relics of St. Francis Xavier, his 465-year-old forearm, were on display.
A ceremony followed by a Mass was held at the Kahnawake Church in the presence of the priest Vincent Esprit and several faithful. This rare visit is very symbolic since the church of the Mohawk community bears the name of St. Francis Xavier, the Spanish Jesuit party mission in Asia in the 1500s.
“The visit of a European saint to the church is all the more important as it is done in the same place as Kateri Tekakwitha, another saint, this time indigenous, which represents a great symbolic and spiritual value for the entire community. “Said the MP for La Prairie and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Jean-Claude Poissant.
The relic of St. Francis Xavier
François-Xavier is considered the greatest evangelizer since Saint Paul. His right forearm would have baptized more than 100,000 people. This relic is kept in the church of Gesù in Rome. The rest of his body is buried in India.