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Death of Jesuit General Claudio Acquaviva – 1615

Death of Jesuit General Claudio Acquaviva – 1615

At the time of Claudio Acquaviva the number of Jesuits allegedly almost tripled, growing to around 13,000. 

Jesuit General Claudio Acquaviva died on this day in 1615. He spent almost a full 34 years at the head of the Jesuit order, from 1581 until his death. During his mandate the number of Jesuits allegedly almost tripled, growing to around 13,000.

Claudio Acquaviva was descended from an Italian family of high esteem. Namely, his father bore the title of 9th Duke of Atri and 16th Count of Coversano. It is interesting that his family – the House of Acquaviva – produced as many as seven cardinals.

It was during the time of General Claudio Acquaviva that the Jesuits made their famed Ratio Studiorum, a collection of guidelines according to which their education system was defined. It had great influence on education in all Catholic and some other countries.

General Acquaviva died in Rome on this day in 1615, where the Jesuits had their headquarters in the well-known Church of the Gesù. In order to get a better idea about the time in which General Acquaviva lived, let us mention that William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes died two years after him.

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