Saint Xavier visited Kanyakumari area many times while he was staying in Goa. During his stays in the town he used to worship Saint Mary in a small temple. He was revered as a holy man by locals. In recognition for his services the king built a Catholic Church in 1600.
At the end of the 19th century the church was enlarged, and in 1930 it was raised to the status of a Cathedral. In 1942 and 1955 the Cathedral was further enlarged. Since its early times, the Church of Saint Xavier is famous for being a place of miracles. In late November, early December a 10-days festival is celebrated here.
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