The elevation of Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão to the rank of cardinal, last August, was an uplifting moment for the Goan Catholic community, and viewed as a significant encouragement to tackle the challenges confronting the Indian Church.
For about a year, Brito traveled through the country he knew so well, and was able to see his friends again before leaving for his final mission. Once again among the Indians, the missionary had found happiness, as he himself recognized in a letter dated April 20, 1692.
Apparently, the reason that led the Provincial Manuel Rodrigues to call João de Brito was the simple desire to provide some rest for the missionary. But later, Rodrigues decided to send him to Europe as a proxy.