Francis Xavier quotes

Francis Xavier photo
6   3

Francis Xavier

Birthdate: 7. April 1506
Date of death: 3. December 1552

Advertisement

Francis Xavier, S.J. , was a Navarrese Basque Roman Catholic missionary, who was a co-founder of the Society of Jesus.

Born in Javier , Kingdom of Navarre , he was a companion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits who took vows of poverty and chastity at Montmartre, Paris, in 1534. He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time and was influential in evangelization work, most notably in India. The Goa Inquisition was proposed by St. Francis Xavier. He also was the first Christian missionary to venture into Japan, Borneo, the Maluku Islands, and other areas. In those areas, struggling to learn the local languages and in the face of opposition, he had less success than he had enjoyed in India. Xavier was about to extend his missionary preaching to China when he died on Shangchuan Island.

He was beatified by Pope Paul V on 25 October 1619 and canonized by Pope Gregory XV on 12 March 1622. In 1624 he was made co-patron of Navarre. Known as the "Apostle of the Indies" and "Apostle of Japan", he is considered to be one of the greatest missionaries since Saint Paul. In 1927, Pope Pius XI published the decree "Apostolicorum in Missionibus" naming Saint Francis Xavier, along with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, co-patron of all foreign missions. He is now co-patron saint of Navarre with San Fermin. The Day of Navarre in Spain marks the anniversary of Saint Francis Xavier's death, on 3 December 1552.

Similar authors

 Matka Tereza photo
Matka Tereza43
Roman Catholic saint of Albanian origin
Teresa of Ávila photo
Teresa of Ávila53
Roman Catholic saint
John of the Cross photo
John of the Cross47
Spanish mystic and Roman Catholic saint
Julian of Norwich photo
Julian of Norwich351
English theologian and anchoress
Catherine of Genoa photo
Catherine of Genoa20
Italian author and nurse
Sidonius Apollinaris photo
Sidonius Apollinaris6
Gaulish poet, aristocrat and bishop
Joan of Arc photo
Joan of Arc12
French folk heroine and Roman Catholic saint
Hildegard of Bingen photo
Hildegard of Bingen7
Medieval saint, prophetise, mystic and Doctor of Church
Helder Camara photo
Helder Camara4
Brazilian Catholic priest, archbishop of Olinda and Recife
Basil of Caesarea photo
Basil of Caesarea28
Christian Saint

Quotes Francis Xavier

Advertisement
Today anniversaries
Edvard Munch photo
Edvard Munch29
Norwegian painter and printmaker 1863 - 1944
Bill Hybels photo
Bill Hybels74
American writer 1951
Robert Browning photo
Robert Browning170
English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889
Tallulah Bankhead photo
Tallulah Bankhead21
American actress 1902 - 1968
Another 85 today anniversaries
Similar authors
 Matka Tereza photo
Matka Tereza43
Roman Catholic saint of Albanian origin
Teresa of Ávila photo
Teresa of Ávila53
Roman Catholic saint
John of the Cross photo
John of the Cross47
Spanish mystic and Roman Catholic saint
Julian of Norwich photo
Julian of Norwich351
English theologian and anchoress
Catherine of Genoa photo
Catherine of Genoa20
Italian author and nurse