St. Francis Borgia

Francis Borgia was a prominent representative of the Society of Jesus; he lived in Spain during the years of 1510-1572. He came from a noble family and became a viceroy of Catalonia. After the death of his wife, he joined the Society of Jesus and became its third general in 1565. He considerably helped the Jesuit Order in Spain and supported the spreading of the Society of Jesus to other countries, including the Central and South Americas. He was a venerator of the Virgin Mary and a moralist. It was his idea to prohibit bullfights in Spain. He declined the office of cardinal several times. He died in Rome in 1572 and was canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671. His attributes are a helmet, ducal crown and cardinal hat.


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