Pope Francis recently proclaimed his favorite Jesuit, Peter Favre, a saint, short-circuiting the typical“first recruit,” and he tutored the Jesuit founder in Greek while Ignatius schooled his pupil in his signature “Spiritual Exercises.”canonization process that can drag on for centuries. Favre, who lived from 1506-1546, was a roommate of St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founders of the Jesuits, at the University of Paris. The Jesuits call Favre Ignatius’
Francis also moved three others along the path to sainthood, including approving a miracle attributed to the intercession of Sister Maria Teresa Demjanovich, a native of Bayonne, N.J., who died in 1927; and advancing the causes of Spanish priest Emanuele Herranz Estables and Polish layman George Ciesielski.
Favre was beatified by Pope Pius IX in 1872, but he was never credited with the required miracle that would formally elevate him to sainthood. Francis – the first Jesuit elected pope – waived that requirement and, according to the Vatican, “enrolled him in the catalogue of the Saints.”
It was the second time last year that Francis has dispensed with tradition, as is his style. In declaring Pope John XXIII a saint earlier this year – he'll be formally canonized with Pope John Paul II next year – Francis waived the required second miracle for the pope who convened the landmark Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Speaking to a consortium of Jesuit magazines last year, Francis praised Favre’s “dialogue with all, even the most remote and even with his opponents; his simple piety, a certain naivete 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 and loving.”
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