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    Default Exposition of the Sacred relics of St Francis Xavier 2014, Goa

    The body of St Francis Xavier (born on 7th April 1506 in Spain) which miraculously defied the laws of nature, of turning into dust, lies till this day in a silver casket in the Church of Bom Jesus Basilica in Goa, India. The exposition of the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier which is held every 10 years and this will be the 17th public Exposition.

    This sacred relics will be shifted in a solemn procession to the Se Cathedral, for veneration from 22nd of November 2014 till 4th of January 2015 (6 am to 7 pm). Ceremonies to honor his death are performed on 3rd December, all over the World.


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    Default Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa



    Bom Jesus Basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Goa, India.




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    Default Se Cathedral, Old Goa

    Se Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Goa, India.






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    Default Incorrupt bodies of Saints

    There are more than 250 in-corrupt bodies of Christian saints all over the world. That is their bodies did not decompose after death.



    Eg : St. Agatha, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Maria Goretti, St. John Vianney, St. Catherine of Bologna, St. Catherine of Saina, St. Rose of Lima, Rita of Cascia.

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    Default St. Francis Xavier

    St. Francis Xavier is also known as the Apostle to the Far East. He founded the Jesuit order of missionary. He died at Sancian island on 2 Dec 1552 at the age of 46 due to fever. He was buried there in a wooden coffin and on 11 Dec 1553, his body was shifted to Goa.



    He was canonized on 12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV. The incorrupt body is now placed in a glass container encased in a silver casket at Bom Jesus Basilica on 2 Dec 1637.


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    Default Forensic view of the rate of decay after death

    The rate of decay within the human body after death is normally split into two distinct categories. These are:

    Autolysis: A process of self-digestion where the body's enzymes contained within cells begin to go into a post death meltdown. The process can be speeded up by extreme heat and likewise slowed down by extreme cold.

    Putrefaction: Bacteria that escape from the body's intestinal tract after the deceased has died are released into the body and begin the process of literally melting the body down.

    If you are of a nervous disposition you may choose not to read on.

    What is Putrefaction?

    Putrefaction follows a predetermined timetable in nature and after the first 36 hours the neck, the abdomen, the shoulders and the head begin to turn a discoloured green. This is then followed by bloating – an accumulation of gas that is produced by bacteria toiling away within the deceased. This bloating is most visible around the face where the eyes and the tongue protrude as the gas inside pushes them forward.

    As the body continues to putrefy, the skin blisters, hair falls out and the fingernails of the deceased began to sink back into the fingers. These skin blisters are also filled with large amounts of liquid just as in a blister you might get from running or walking too far.

    The body's skin tone then becomes what is known as 'marbled'; an intricate pattern of blood vessels in the face, abdomen, chest and other extremities becomes visible. This is the result of the body's red blood vessels breaking down, which in turn
    release Haemoglobin.

    As the process reaches its conclusion, the body will now be almost black-green and the fluids – known as purge fluid – will drain from the corpse. This happens normally from the mouth and nose but can also occur from other orifices. The body's tissues then begin to break open and will release gas and other fluids in the same way as a fruit that has been left too long in the sun.

    It is also important to note that the internal organs of the deceased will begin to decay in a particular order; beginning with the intestines, which as well as holding bacteria also hold various levels of acidic fluid which – when unable to circulate – begin to eat through their surrounding tissues. As the intestinal organs decay so too do the liver, kidneys, lungs and brain. The contents of the stomach may also slow down the rate of decay if there is undigested food in and around that area.

    2-3 days: green staining begins on the right side of the abdomen. Body begins to swell.
    3-4 days: staining spreads. Veins go "marbled" - a browny black discoloration
    5-6 days: abdomen swells with gas. Skin blisters
    2 weeks: abdomen very tight and swollen.
    3 weeks: tissue softens. Organs and cavities bursting. Nails fall off.
    4 weeks: soft tissues begin to liquefy. Face becoming unrecognisable
    4-6 months: formation of adipocere, if in damp place. This is when the fat goes all hard and waxy.

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    Default Detrmination of time of death

    The presence of insects in a corpse is a critical clue towards estimating the time of death for bodies dead for longer periods of time. Because flies rapidly discover a body and their development times are predictable under particular environmental conditions, the time of death can be calculated by counting back the days from the state of development of insects living on the corpse.


    Dead body feeding larvae : Forensic investigators are used to find the time of death.

    Blow flies are attracted to dead bodies immediately after death and begin laying eggs shortly after arriving.

    All muscles relax after death. After 3 hours, glycogen is converted into lactic acid and muscles become rigid. The process will complete within 12 hours.

    Colour of the cornea of eyes change with time.

    Food in the stomach (found by autopsy/postmortem)

    A light meal is out of the stomach within 1 - 2 hours
    A medium meal is out of the stomach within 3 - 4 hours
    A heavy meal is out if the stomach within 4 - 6 hours

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    Default Identifying the body

    Forensic science is the scientific method of gathering and examining information about the past.

    A body is identified from the following basic facts viz. Sex, Age, Height, Race, finger prints etc. Others are shape and colour of eyes, shape of nose, colour and type of hair, mouth, teeth, ears, shape of skulls, marks - tattoos, scars, circumcision, birth marks, size and shape of limbs, condition of nails etc.

    Finger print analysis : Sir William Herschel was the first to use fingerprinting for the identification of criminal suspects (1860).

    DNA fingerprinting technique devised by Alec Jeffreys (1984) is used to identify individuals.

    Unidentified skeltonised bodies can be identified by superimposition of their skull using computer Tomography.



    In badly decayed bodies, teeth play an important role in identifying the body.

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    Default St. Francis Xavier Exposition 2014, Goa

    The inaugural ceremony on 22nd November 2014 will be with 9.30 am Solemn Pontifical Masss.

    Mass Timings : Nov 24 to 2 Dec 2014 (Novena)

    6 am, 7.15 am, 8.15 am, 9.30 am, 10.45 am English,
    3.45 pm, 5.15 pm, 6.15 pm English

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    Hi

    The body of St Francis Xavier (born on 7th April 1506 in Spain) which miraculously defied the laws of nature, of turning into dust, lies till this day in a silver casket in the Church of Bom Jesus Basilica in Goa, India.

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