Sri Lankan President visits Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Basilica of Bom Jesus on Monday. The President Sirisena is in Goa to participate in the BRICS-BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) outreach meet. He explored the world heritage monument complex, that contains churches in Old Goa.

The Sri Lankan President visited the 16th-century monument during the morning hours. He is said to have spent some time with the relics of St. Francis Xavier that are encased in a silver casket in a glass container.

“The Sri Lankan President admired the building. I took him around the place and explained to him the importance of the place,” Fr Savio Barretto, the parish priest of the Basilica told PTI.

He was given a briefing on the importance of the world heritage monument complex to Goa. Besides, Basilica of Bom Jesus, the President also visited the Se Cathedral and Christian Art Museum.