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Canisius, Peter (Saint)
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(Peter Kanis until c. 1547; May 8, 1521, Nijmegen – Dec 21, 1597, Fribourg, Switzerland) contributed to the renewal of the Catholic Church after the Reformation. Residing in Cologne from 1535 onward, he became the first German Jesuit in 1543. He turned to Charles V of Germany for support against the reforming attempt of the archbishop of Cologne (Hermann of Wied). After a brief stay at the Council of Trent and the continuation of his Jesuit training in Rome and Messina, he completed his doctorate in Bologna (1549) and worked on behalf of the refor…

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Decot, Rolf, “Canisius, Peter (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_02732>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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