Today the Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced that Pope Francis has
declared Blessed Peter Faber a saint, forgoing the usual procedure for canonization.
Faber, one of the early companions of Society of Jesus founder St. Ignatius Loyola,
is known to be a particular favorite of Pope Francis, who is himself a Jesuit;
the decree of his sainthood was promulgated on the Holy Father’s 77th birthday.
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For Faber’s "equivalent
canonization," the pope adds the name of the new saint to the universal
calendar of saints, without verifying that a miracle was performed through his
intercession and without holding a formal canonization ceremony.
a groundbreaking interview with Jesuit publications this fall, the pope singled
out for praise the man often called the "Second Jesuit." He said
he admired Faber’s "dialogue with all, even the most remote and even with
his opponents; his simple piety, a certain naïveté, perhaps; his being
available straightaway; his careful interior discernment; the fact that he was
a man capable of great and strong decisions but also capable of being so gentle
was born in the Upper Savoy region of France in 1506 and was said by St.
Ignatius to be the man best suited to direct others in the Spiritual Exercises.
Faber whose story is not nearly as well known as those of his two
college roommates, Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier spent a great deal of
his Jesuit life working with Protestants during the explosive time of the
Reformation. Faber died in Rome in 1547 a few weeks before he was due to
attend the Council of Trent. He was beatified in September 1872.
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