San Francisco Javier, a 465-year-old relic, an ARM, was exhibited in 14 cities for 30 days and occupied an air-plane seat on its route. The arm of Saint Francis Xavier, one of the most appreciated relics in Catholicism, left the Gesu Church in Rome for a few weeks to be exhibited in Canada.
On January 3, it began the tour of the North American country in Quebec City. Then it arrived at temples in cities such as Halifax, Kingston, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal to finish the itinerary on February 2nd in Ottawa.
It was an initiative of Terrence Prendergast, archbishop of the Canadian capital, and the Catholic Christian Outreach university group, as part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada .
Born in Navarre in 1506, Francisco Javier left as a missionary in Goa at the age of 35, before venturing into Japan and China.
He died in 1552 and was canonised in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV. His body rests in the cemetery of the good Jesus of Goa , although his right arm was sectioned off in 1614 by a Jesuit priest who took it to Rome. Angele Regnier, co-founder of the Catholic Christian Outreach group, flew from the Italian capital with the relic and accompanied it throughout the tour of Canada.
When starting his tour, Regnier told the Conspiracy Talk News, that travelling with his arm would be “like making a trip with a friend”.
The relic, deposited in an urn of gold and glass, was transported under special conditions because of its fragility and its importance for many believers. “We can not put it under, we can not even place it in the upper compartments, he must have his own seat, “said Regnier. He also stated the following: “We need to reserve a seat.
He is a person, in some way, but he is not a person, he is an arm. ” It is estimated that with this limb, St. Francis Xavier baptised some 100,000 individuals in Asia. So far, the organisers have not provided figures on the number of people who seen the arm.
But it is known that in 2001, the remains of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus attracted about two million individuals on their journey through several cities in the country, according to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Canadians have been losing, little by little, the faith, according to Statistics Canada, in 1991 85% of the population declared themselves Christian and 45.2% Catholic, while in 2011, the numbers were 77% and 43.2% respectively.
In the same period of years, people who claimed to be removed from all faith went from 12.6% to 23.9%.
Likewise, believers of non-Christian cults increased by 4%.
Several Canadians expressed their joy at having directly observed the arm.
During the exhibition in Toronto, Majita Pervan, a Catholic living in a suburb of the city, told reporters: “It is a miracle of God. It gives you peace in the soul. ” However, others noted in social networks that it seemed a dismal spectacle and that they hoped not to share a flight with the relic.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.