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Biography of St. Ignatius
St. Ignatius of Loyola
(December 24, 1491 – July 31, 1556)
St. Ignatius of Loyola, also known as Ignacio López de Loyola, was the principal founder and first Superior General of the Society of Jesus. The compiler of the Spiritual Exercises and a gifted spiritual director, Ignatius has been described by Pope Benedict XVI as being "above all a man of God, who gave the first place of his life to God...a man of profound prayer."
Ignatius was beatified and then canonized to receive the title of Saint on March 12, 1622. His feast day is July 31, celebrated annually, and he is the patron saint of Guipúzcoa as well as of the Society of Jesus.
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