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Assertion [A]: The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier in the Basilica of Bom Jesus is a miraculous phenomenon and attracts people from all over the world.

Reason [R]: While moving the body to Goa, the embalmed body of the saint was found to be as fresh as the day it was buried.

Read the above given statements carefully and select the option that is true.

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Both A and R are true. R is the correct explanation of A.
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Both A and R are true. R is the incorrect explanation of A.
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A is true but R is false.
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Both A and R are false.
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The correct option is A Both A and R are true. R is the correct explanation of A.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is dedicated to infant Jesus. The Basilica houses the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa who died in 1552. The mortal remains of the saint were gifted to the church by Cosimo de Medici III, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Today, the embalmed body lies in an airtight glass coffin positioned in a silver casket. In accordance with his wishes, his remains were transferred to Goa the following year after his death. It is said that, while transferring, the saint's body was found to be as fresh as the day it was buried. This miraculous phenomenon continues to attract the devout from all lands

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