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Sv. Ignatius of Loyola – founder of the Jesuit order – 1556.

Sv. Ignatius of Loyola – founder of the Jesuit order – 1556.

The famous work which is the legacy of St. Ignatius are his famous Spiritual Exercises, which are used today as a means of meditation even by non-Catholics.

On July 31, 1556, the famous founder of the largest Catholic order in the world – St. Ignatius of Loyola. He was born in Loyola Castle in present-day northern Spain and was of Basque descent. At first he was a soldier, and later he transferred military discipline to monasticism. Today, St. Ignatius Loyola is the patron saint of Catholic soldiers.

The Jesuit Order, ie the Society of Jesus, was founded in Paris when it once gathered its six university colleagues in the church of St. Dionysius (Saint-Denis) on the famous hill of Montmartre. They vowed to cooperate for life. The order was later approved by the pope, and became the largest and most powerful ecclesiastical order in the Christian world. Jesuits have also been called Jesuits throughout history. Sv. Ignatius was the first Jesuit general (lat. Praepositus Generalis), which is the name for the chief administrators of that order.

Sv. Ignatius died at the age of 65 from the so-called Roman fever, a type of malaria transmitted by mosquitoes that occurred from time to time in Rome. He was beatified in 1609 and canonized in 1622. The famous work written by St. Ignatius of Loyola is a famous Spiritual Exercise, used today as a means of meditation even by non-Catholics.

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