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Francis of Sales, Saint
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(St. François de Sales; Aug 21, 1567, Val Thorens, France – Dec 28, 1622, Lyon), the primary representative of Catholic reform. He was canonized in 1665, declared a Doctor of the Church in 1877 and Patron of the Catholic Press in 1922. As the eldest son of a noble family from Savoy, he was educated not only in the artes nobilitatis but also in the humanities and philosophy at the Jesuit college in Paris (1578–88). After studying law for three years in Padua, where he entrusted himself to the spiritual guidance of the Jesuit A. Possevino, h…

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Mellinghoff-Bourgerie, Viviane, “Francis of Sales, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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