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ASI to restore 400-year-old casket in Goa, containing the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will begin restoration work on the casket, containing the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, one of the founders of the Jesuit order, at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, as per the church officials. This approximately 400-yo casket is a major tourist attraction in Goa and it pulls in hordes of devotees and visitors from across the globe. The church will continue to remain open, while the restorative work goes on.

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