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Francis of Borgia, Saint
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(Oct 28, 1510, Gandia, Spain – Oct 1, 1572, Rome), third general of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Francis came from a highly situated family of Spanish nobility (great-grandchild of Pope Alexander VI and King Ferdinand of Aragon). In 1539–43 he was viceroy of Catalonia, 1543–50 duke of Gandia. After the death of his wife (eight children), he became a Jesuit in 1546, renounced his worldly rights in 1551, became a priest, and used his fortune on behalf of the Collegium Romanum (see also Gregory XIII). In 1554–61 he led the Iberian province of the Society of Jesus,…

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Decot, Rolf, “Francis of Borgia, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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