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Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier, S.J. (born Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta, in Latin Sanctus Franciscus Xaverius, 7 April 1506 – 3 December 1552), was a Navarrese Basque Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
missionary, born in Javier (Xavier in Navarro-Aragonese
Navarro-Aragonese
or Xabier in Basque), Kingdom of Navarre
Navarre
(present day Spain), and a co-founder of the Society of Jesus. He was a companion of Saint
Saint
Ignatius of Loyola
Ignatius of Loyola
and one of the first seven Jesuits
Jesuits
who took vows of poverty and chastity at Montmartre, Paris
Paris
in 1534.[1] He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese Empire
Portuguese Empire
of the time and was influential in evangelization work, most notably in India. The Goa
Goa
Inquisition
Inquisition
was proposed by St. Francis Xavier.[2][3] He also was the first Christian missionary
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
China
when he died on Shangchuan
Shangchuan
Island. He was beatified by Pope Paul V
Pope Paul V
on 25 October 1619 and canonized by Pope Gregory XV
Pope Gregory XV
on 12 March 1622. In 1624 he was made co-patron of Navarre
Navarre
alongside Santiago. Known as the "Apostle of the Indies," and the "Apostle of Japan", he is considered to be one of the greatest missionaries since Saint
Saint
Paul.[4] In 1927, Pope Pius XI
Pope Pius XI
published the decree "Apostolicorum in Missionibus" naming Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier, along with Saint
Saint
Thérèse of Lisieux, co-patron of all foreign missions.[5] He is now co-patron saint of Navarre
Navarre
with San Fermin. The Day of Navarre
Navarre
(Día de Navarra) in Spain
Spain
marks the anniversary of Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier's death, on 3 December 1552.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Missionary
Missionary
work

2.1 Goa
Goa
and India 2.2 South East Asia 2.3 Japan
Japan
and China

3 Burials and relics 4 Veneration

4.1 Beatification
Beatification
and canonization 4.2 Pilgrimage centres

4.2.1 Goa 4.2.2 Other places

4.3 Novena of grace

5 Legacy

5.1 Namesake 5.2 In art 5.3 Missionary 5.4 Role in the Goa
Goa
Inquisition

6 See also 7 Footnotes 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit]

The castle of the Xavier family was later acquired by the Society of Jesus.

Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
was born in the royal castle of Xavier, in the Kingdom of Navarre, on 7 April 1506 according to a family register. He was the youngest son of Juan de Jasso y Atondo, seneschal of Xavier castle, who belonged to a prosperous farming family and had acquired a doctorate in law at the University of Bologna,[6] and later became privy counsellor and finance minister to King John III of Navarre (Jean d'Albret).[7] Francis's mother was Doña María de Azpilcueta y Aznárez, sole heiress of two noble Navarrese families. He was thus related to the great theologian and philosopher Martín de Azpilcueta.[8] In 1512, Ferdinand, King of Aragon and regent of Castile, invaded Navarre, initiating a war that lasted over 18 years. Three years later, Francis's father died when Francis was only nine years old. In 1516, Francis's brothers participated in a failed Navarrese-French attempt to expel the Spanish invaders from the kingdom. The Spanish Governor, Cardinal Cisneros, confiscated the family lands, demolished the outer wall, the gates, and two towers of the family castle, and filled in the moat. In addition, the height of the keep was reduced by half.[9] Only the family residence inside the castle was left. In 1522 one of Francis's brothers participated with 200 Navarrese nobles in dogged but failed resistance against the Castilian Count of Miranda in Amaiur, Baztan, the last Navarrese territorial position south of the Pyrenees. In 1525, Francis went to study in Paris
Paris
at the Collège Sainte-Barbe, University of Paris, where he would spend the next eleven years.[10] In the early days he acquired some reputation as an athlete[11] and a high-jumper.[12] In 1529, Francis shared lodgings with his friend Pierre Favre. A new student, Ignatius of Loyola, came to room with them.[13] At 38, Ignatius was much older than Pierre and Francis, who were both 23 at the time. Ignatius convinced Pierre to become a priest, but was unable convince Francis, who had aspirations of worldly advancement. At first Francis regarded the new lodger as a joke and was sarcastic about his efforts to convert students. [14] When Pierre left their lodgings to visit his family and Ignatius was alone with Francis, he was able to slowly break down Francis's resistance.[15] According to most biographies Ignatius is said to have posed the question: "What will it profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"[16] However, according to James Broderick such method is not characteristic of Ignatius and there is no evidence that he employed it at all.[14] In 1530 Francis received the degree of Master of Arts, and afterwards taught Aristotelian philosophy at Beauvais College, University of Paris.[14] Missionary
Missionary
work[edit]

Francisco Xavier asking John III of Portugal
John III of Portugal
for an expedition

Church of Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, Paris

On 15 August 1534, seven students met in a crypt beneath the Church of Saint
Saint
Denis (now Saint
Saint
Pierre de Montmartre), in Montmartre
Montmartre
outside Paris. They were Francis, Ignatius of Loyola, Alfonso Salmeron, Diego Laínez, Nicolás Bobadilla from Spain, Peter Faber
Peter Faber
from Savoy, and Simão Rodrigues from Portugal. They made private vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience to the Pope, and also vowed to go to the Holy Land to convert infidels.[17][18] Francis began his study of theology in 1534 and was ordained on 24 June 1537. In 1539, after long discussions, Ignatius drew up a formula for a new religious order, the Society of Jesus
Society of Jesus
(the Jesuits). [15] Ignatius's plan for the order was approved by Pope Paul III
Pope Paul III
in 1540.[19] In 1540 King John of Portugal
Portugal
had Pedro Mascarenhas, Portuguese ambassador to the Vatican, request Jesuit missionaries to spread the faith in his new Indian possessions, where the king believed that Christian values were eroding among the Portuguese. After successive appeals to the Pope
Pope
asking for missionaries for the East Indies
East Indies
under the Padroado agreement, John III was encouraged by Diogo de Gouveia, rector of the Collège Sainte-Barbe, to recruit the newly graduated students that would establish the Society of Jesus.[20] Loyola promptly appointed Nicholas Bobadilla and Simão Rodrigues. At the last moment, however, Bobadilla became seriously ill. With some hesitance and uneasiness, Ignatius asked Francis to go in Bobadilla's place. Thus, Xavier accidentally began his life as the first Jesuit missionary.[21][22][23] Leaving Rome on 15 March 1540, in the Ambassador's train,[24] Francis took with him a breviary, a catechism, and De Institutione bene vivendi by Croatian humanist Marko Marulić,[25] a Latin book that had become popular in the Counter-Reformation. According to a 1549 letter of F. Balthasar Gago in Goa, it was the only book that Francis read or studied.[26] Francis reached Lisbon
Lisbon
in June 1540 and four days after his arrival, he and Rodrigues were summoned to a private audience with the King and the Queen.[27] Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
devoted much of his life to missions in Asia, mainly in four centres: Malacca, Amboina and Ternate, Japan, and China. His growing information about new places indicated to him that he had to go to what he understood were centres of influence for the whole region. China
China
loomed large from his days in India. Japan
Japan
was particularly attractive because of its culture. For him, these areas were interconnected; they could not be evangelised separately.[28] Goa
Goa
and India[edit] Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
left Lisbon
Lisbon
on 7 April 1541, his thirty-fifth birthday, along with two other Jesuits
Jesuits
and the new viceroy Martim Afonso de Sousa, on board the Santiago.[29] As he departed, Francis was given a brief from the pope appointing him apostolic nuncio to the East.[23] From August until March 1542 he remained in Portuguese Mozambique, and arrived in Goa, then capital of Portuguese India
Portuguese India
on 6 May 1542, thirteen months after leaving Lisbon. Following quickly on the great voyages of discovery, the Portuguese had established themselves at Goa
Goa
thirty years earlier. Francis's primary mission, as ordered by King John III, was to restore Christianity
Christianity
among the Portuguese settlers. According to Teotonio R. DeSouza, recent critical accounts indicate that apart from the posted civil servants, "the great majority of those who were dispatched as 'discoverers' were the riff-raff of Portuguese society, picked up from Portuguese jails." [30] Nor did the soldiers, sailors, or merchants come to do missionary work, and Imperial policy permitted the outflow of disaffected nobility. Many of the arrivals formed liaisons with local women and adopted Indian culture. Missionaries often wrote against the "scandalous and undisciplined" behaviour of their fellow Christians.[31] The Christian population had churches, clergy, and a bishop, but there were few preachers and no priests beyond the walls of Goa. Velliapura family of Velim, Goa
Goa
practiced Nasrani
Nasrani
sect welcomed the missionaries in 'Shasti' the first conquest, Salcete
Salcete
and reconverted, most Goans remained in their homeland and converted to Christianity. Xavier decided that he must begin by instructing the Portuguese themselves, and gave much of his time to the teaching of children. The first five months he spent in preaching and ministering to the sick in the hospitals.[32] After that, he walked through the streets ringing a bell to summon the children and servants to catechism.[33] He was invited to head Saint
Saint
Paul's College, a pioneer seminary for the education of secular priests, which became the first Jesuit headquarters in Asia.[34]

Conversion of the Paravars by Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
in South India, in a 19th-century colored lithograph

Xavier soon learned that along the Pearl Fishery Coast, which extends from Cape Comorin
Cape Comorin
on the southern tip of India
India
to the island of Mannar, off Ceylon (Sri Lanka), there was a Jāti of people called Paravas. Many of them had been baptised ten years before, merely to please the Portuguese, who had helped them against the Moors, but remained uninstructed in the faith. Accompanied by several native clerics from the seminary at Goa, he set sail for Cape Comorin
Cape Comorin
in October 1542. He taught those who had already been baptised, and preached to those who weren't. His efforts with the high-caste Brahmins remained unavailing.[33] He devoted almost three years to the work of preaching to the people of southern India
India
and Ceylon, converting many. He built nearly 40 churches along the coast, including St. Stephen's Church, Kombuthurai, mentioned in his letters dated 1544. During this time, he was able to visit the tomb of Thomas the Apostle in Mylapore (now part of Madras (Chennai) then in Portuguese India).[23] He set his sights eastward in 1545 and planned a missionary journey to Makassar
Makassar
on the island of Celebes (today's Indonesia). As the first Jesuit in India, Francis had difficulty achieving much success in his missionary trips. His successors, such as de Nobili, Matteo Ricci, and Beschi, attempted to convert the noblemen first as a means to influence more people, while Francis had initially interacted most with the lower classes (later though, in Japan, Francis changed tack by paying tribute to the Emperor and seeking an audience with him).[35]

Voyages of Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier

South East Asia[edit] In the spring of 1545 Xavier started for Portuguese Malacca. He laboured there for the last months of that year. About January 1546, Xavier left Malacca
Malacca
for the Maluku Islands, where the Portuguese had some settlements. For a year and a half he preached the Gospel
Gospel
there. He went first to Ambon Island, where he stayed until mid-June. He then visited other Maluku Islands, including Ternate, Baranura, and Morotai.[36] Shortly after Easter 1547, he returned to Ambon Island; a few months later he returned to Malacca. Japan
Japan
and China[edit] Main article: History of Roman Catholicism in Japan In Malacca
Malacca
in December 1547, Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
met a Japanese man named Anjirō.[36] Anjirō had heard of Francis in 1545 and had travelled from Kagoshima
Kagoshima
to Malacca
Malacca
to meet him. Having been charged with murder, Anjirō had fled Japan. He told Francis extensively about his former life and the customs and culture of his homeland. Anjirō became the first Japanese Christian and adopted the name of 'Paulo de Santa Fe'. He later helped Xavier as a mediator and interpreter for the mission to Japan
Japan
that now seemed much more possible. In January 1548 Francis returned to Goa
Goa
to attend to his responsibilities as superior of the mission there.[37] The next 15 months were occupied with various journeys and administrative measures. He left Goa
Goa
on 15 April 1549, stopped at Malacca, and visited Canton. He was accompanied by Anjiro, two other Japanese men, Father Cosme de Torrès, and Brother João Fernandes. He had taken with him presents for the "King of Japan" since he was intending to introduce himself as the Apostolic Nuncio. Europeans had already come to Japan: the Portuguese had landed in 1543 on the island of Tanegashima, where they introduced the first firearms to Japan.[38] From Amboina, he wrote to his companions in Europe: "I asked a Portuguese merchant, … who had been for many days in Anjirō’s country of Japan, to give me … some information on that land and its people from what he had seen and heard …. All the Portuguese merchants coming from Japan
Japan
tell me that if I go there I shall do great service for God our Lord, more than with the pagans of India, for they are a very reasonable people. (To His Companions Residing in Rome, From Cochin, 20 January 1548, no. 18, p. 178).[28] Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
reached Japan
Japan
on 27 July 1549, with Anjiro and three other Jesuits, but he was not permitted to enter any port his ship arrived at[38] until 15 August, when he went ashore at Kagoshima, the principal port of Satsuma Province
Satsuma Province
on the island of Kyūshū. As a representative of the Portuguese king, he was received in a friendly manner. Shimazu Takahisa (1514–1571), daimyō of Satsuma, gave a friendly reception to Francis on 29 September 1549, but in the following year he forbade the conversion of his subjects to Christianity
Christianity
under penalty of death; Christians in Kagoshima
Kagoshima
could not be given any catechism in the following years. The Portuguese missionary Pedro de Alcáçova would later write in 1554:

In Cangoxima, the first place Father Master Francisco stopped at, there were a good number of Christians, although there was no one there to teach them; the shortage of labourers prevented the whole kingdom from becoming Christian.[38]

He was hosted by Anjirō's family until October 1550.[16] From October to December 1550, he resided in Yamaguchi. Shortly before Christmas, he left for Kyoto
Kyoto
but failed to meet with the Emperor. He returned to Yamaguchi in March 1551, where he was permitted to preach by the daimyo of the province. However, lacking fluency in the Japanese language, he had to limit himself to reading aloud the translation of a catechism. Francis was the first Jesuit to go to Japan
Japan
as a missionary.[39] He brought with him paintings of the Madonna and the Madonna and Child. These paintings were used to help teach the Japanese about Christianity. There was a huge language barrier as Japanese was unlike other languages the missionaries had previously encountered. For a long time Francis struggled to learn the language. Having learned that evangelical poverty did not have the appeal in Japan
Japan
that it had in Europe and in India, he decided to change his approach. Hearing after a time that a Portuguese ship had arrived at a port in the province of Bungo in Kyushu and that the prince there would like to see him, Xavier now set out southward. The Jesuit, in a fine cassock, surplice, and stole, was attended by thirty gentlemen and as many servants, all in their best clothes. Five of them bore on cushions valuable articles, including a portrait of Our Lady and a pair of velvet slippers, these not gifts for the prince, but solemn offerings to Xavier, to impress the onlookers with his eminence. Handsomely dressed, with his companions acting as attendants, he presented himself before Oshindono, the ruler of Nagate, and as a representative of the great kingdom of Portugal
Portugal
offered him the letters and presents, a musical instrument, a watch, and other attractive objects which had been given him by the authorities in India
India
for the emperor.[33] For forty-five years the Jesuits
Jesuits
were the only missionaries in Asia, but the Franciscans
Franciscans
also began proselytising in Asia as well. Christian missionaries were later forced into exile, along with their assistants. Some were able to stay behind, however Christianity
Christianity
was then kept underground so as to not be persecuted.[40] The Japanese people were not easily converted; many of the people were already Buddhist or Shinto. Francis tried to combat the disposition of some of the Japanese that a God who had created everything, including evil, could not be good. The concept of Hell was also a struggle; the Japanese were bothered by the idea of their ancestors living in Hell. Despite Francis's different religion, he felt that they were good people, much like Europeans, and could be converted.[41][42][43] Xavier was welcomed by the Shingon
Shingon
monks since he used the word Dainichi for the Christian God; attempting to adapt the concept to local traditions. As Xavier learned more about the religious nuances of the word, he changed to Deusu[16] from the Latin and Portuguese Deus. The monks later realised that Xavier was preaching a rival religion and grew more aggressive towards his attempts at conversion.

The Altar of St. Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
Parish in Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines. Saint
Saint
Francis is the principal patron of the town, together with Our Lady of Escalera.

With the passage of time, his sojourn in Japan
Japan
could be considered somewhat fruitful as attested by congregations established in Hirado, Yamaguchi, and Bungo. Xavier worked for more than two years in Japan and saw his successor- Jesuits
Jesuits
established. He then decided to return to India. Historians debate the exact path he returned by, but from evidence attributed to the captain of his ship, he may have travelled through Tanegeshima and Minato, and avoided Kagoshima
Kagoshima
because of the hostility of the daimyo.[38] During his trip, a tempest forced him to stop on an island near Guangzhou, China
China
where he met Diogo Pereira, a rich merchant and an old friend from Cochin. Pereira showed him a letter from Portuguese prisoners in Guangzhou, asking for a Portuguese ambassador to speak to the Chinese Emperor on their behalf. Later during the voyage, he stopped at Malacca
Malacca
on 27 December 1551, and was back in Goa
Goa
by January 1552. On 17 April he set sail with Diogo Pereira on the Santa Cruz for China. He planned to introduce himself as Apostolic Nuncio
Apostolic Nuncio
and Pereira as ambassador of the King of Portugal. But then he realized that he had forgotten his testimonial letters as an Apostolic Nuncio. Back in Malacca, he was confronted by the capitão Álvaro de Ataíde da Gama who now had total control over the harbour. The capitão refused to recognize his title of Nuncio, asked Pereira to resign from his title of ambassador, named a new crew for the ship, and demanded the gifts for the Chinese Emperor be left in Malacca. In late August 1552, the Santa Cruz reached the Chinese island of Shangchuan, 14 km away from the southern coast of mainland China, near Taishan, Guangdong, 200 km south-west of what later became Hong Kong. At this time, he was accompanied only by a Jesuit student, Álvaro Ferreira, a Chinese man called António, and a Malabar servant called Christopher. Around mid-November he sent a letter saying that a man had agreed to take him to the mainland in exchange for a large sum of money. Having sent back Álvaro Ferreira, he remained alone with António. He died at Shangchuan, Taishan, China
China
from a fever on 3 December 1552, while he was waiting for a boat that would take him to mainland China. Burials and relics[edit]

Casket of Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
in the Basilica of Bom Jesus
Basilica of Bom Jesus
in Goa, India

Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier's humerus. St. Joseph's Church, Macao

Sign accompanying Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier's humerus

He was first buried on a beach at Shangchuan
Shangchuan
Island, Taishan, Guangdong. His incorrupt body was taken from the island in February 1553 and was temporarily buried in St. Paul's church in Portuguese Malacca
Malacca
on 22 March 1553. An open grave in the church now marks the place of Xavier's burial. Pereira came back from Goa, removed the corpse shortly after 15 April 1553, and moved it to his house. On 11 December 1553, Xavier's body was shipped to Goa. The body is now in the Basilica of Bom Jesus
Basilica of Bom Jesus
in Goa, where it was placed in a glass container encased in a silver casket on 2 December 1637.[44] This casket, constructed by Goan silversmiths between 1636 and 1637, was an exemplary blend of Italian and Indian aesthetic sensibilities. There are 32 silver plates on all the four sides of the casket depicting different episodes from the life of the Saint:

Francis lies on the ground with his arms and legs tied, but the cords break miraculously. Francis kisses the ulcer of a patient in a Venetian hospital. He is visited by Saint
Saint
Jerome
Jerome
as he lies ailing in the hospital of Vicenza. A vision about his future apostolate. A vision about his sister's prophecy about his fate. He saves the secretary of the Portuguese Ambassador while crossing the Alps. He lifts a sick man who dies after receiving communion but freed from fever. He baptises in Travancore. He resuscitates a boy who died in a well at Cape Comorin. He cures miraculously a man full of sores. He drives away the Badagas in Travancore. He resuscitates three persons: a man who was buried at Coulao; a boy about to be buried at Multao; and a child. He takes money from his empty pockets and gives to a Portuguese at Malyapore. A miraculous cure. A crab restores his crucifix which had fallen into the sea. He preaches in the island of Moro. He preaches in the sea of Malacca
Malacca
and announces the victory against the enemies. He converts a Portuguese soldier. He helps the dying Vicar of Malacca. Francis kneels down and on his shoulders there rests a child whom he restores to health. He goes from Amanguchi to Meaco walking. He cures a dumb and paralytic man in Amanguchi. He cures a deaf Japanese person. He prays in the ship during a storm. He baptises three kings in Cochin. He cures a religious in the college of St. Paul. Due to the lack of water, he sweetens the sea water during a voyage. The agony of Francis at Sancian. After his death he is seen by a lady according to his promise. The body dressed in sacerdotal vestments is exposed for public veneration. Francis levitates as he distributes communion in the College of St. Paul. The body is placed in a niche at Chaul with lighted candles. On the top of this casket there is a cross with two angels. One is holding a burning heart and the other a legend which says, "Satis est Domine, satis est." (It's enough Lord, it's enough)

The right forearm, which Xavier used to bless and baptise his converts, was detached by Superior General Claudio Acquaviva
Claudio Acquaviva
in 1614. It has been displayed since in a silver reliquary at the main Jesuit church in Rome, Il Gesù.[45] Another of Xavier's arm bones was brought to Macau where it was kept in a silver reliquary. The relic was destined for Japan
Japan
but religious persecution there persuaded the church to keep it in Macau's Cathedral of St. Paul. It was subsequently moved to St. Joseph's and in 1978 to the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
on Coloane
Coloane
Island. More recently the relic was moved to St. Joseph's Church.[46] In 2006, on the 500th anniversary of his birth, the Xavier Tomb Monument and Chapel on the Shangchuan
Shangchuan
Island, in ruins after years of neglect under communist rule in China
China
was restored with the support from the alumni of Wah Yan College, a Jesuit high school in Hong Kong. Veneration[edit] Beatification
Beatification
and canonization[edit] Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
was beatified by Paul V
Paul V
on 25 October 1619, and was canonized by Gregory XV
Gregory XV
on 12 March (12 April[47]) 1622, at the same time as Ignatius Loyola.[48] Pius XI proclaimed him the "Patron of Catholic Missions".[49] His feast day is 3 December.[50] Pilgrimage centres[edit]

Stained glass
Stained glass
church window in Béthanie, Hong Kong, of St Francis Xavier baptizing a Chinese man

Goa[edit] Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier's relics are kept in a silver casket, elevated inside the Bom Jesus Basilica
Bom Jesus Basilica
and are exposed (being brought to ground level) generally every ten years, but this is discretionary. The sacred relics went on display starting on 22 November 2014 at the XVII Solemn Exposition. The display closed on 4 January 2015. The previous exposition, the sixteenth, was held from 21 November 2004 to 2 January 2005. Relics of Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
are also found in the Espirito Santo (Holy Spirit) Church, Margão, in Sanv Fransiku Xavierachi Igorz (Church of St. Francis Xavier), Batpal, Canacona, Goa
Goa
and at St. Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
Chapel, Portais, Panjim. Other places[edit] Other pilgrimage centres include Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier's birthplace in Navarra, Church of Il Gesu, Rome, Malacca
Malacca
(where he was buried for 2 years, before being brought to Goa), Sancian (Place of death) etc. Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
is a major venerated saint in both Sonora
Sonora
and the neighbouring U.S. state of Arizona. In Magdalena de Kino
Magdalena de Kino
in Sonora, Mexico in the Church of Santa María Magdalena, there is reclining statue of San Francisco Xavier brought by pioneer Jesuit missionary Padre Eusebio Kino
Eusebio Kino
in the early 18th century. The statue is said to be miraculous and is the object of pilgrimage for many of the region. Also Mission San Xavier del Bac
Mission San Xavier del Bac
is a pilgrimage site. The mission is an active parish church ministering to the people of the San Xavier District, Tohono O'odham Nation and nearby Tucson, Arizona. Novena of grace[edit] Further information: Novena of Grace

Fumaroles at Mt. Unzen, Japan

The Novena of Grace is a popular devotion to Francis Xavier, typically prayed either on the nine days before 3 December, or on 4 March through 12 March (the anniversary of Pope
Pope
Gregory XV's canonisation of Xavier in 1622). It began with the Italian Jesuit missionary Marcello Mastrilli. Before he could travel to the Far East, Mastrilli was gravely injured in a freak accident after a festive celebration dedicated to the Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Conception
in Naples. Delirious and on the verge of death, Mastrilli saw Xavier, who he later said asked him to choose between travelling or death by holding the respective symbols, to which Mastrilli answered, "I choose that which God wills."[51] Upon regaining his health, Mastrilli made his way via Goa
Goa
and the Philippines to Satsuma, Japan. The Tokugawa shogunate
Tokugawa shogunate
beheaded the missionary in October 1637, after undergoing three days of tortures involving the volcanic sulphurous fumes from Mt. Unzen, known as the Hell mouth or "pit" that had supposedly caused an earlier missionary to renounce his faith.[52] Legacy[edit]

The Vision of St. Francis Xavier, by Giovanni Battista Gaulli

Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
is noteworthy for his missionary work, both as organiser and as pioneer, reputed to have converted more people than anyone else has done since Saint
Saint
Paul. Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI
said of both Ignatius of Loyola
Ignatius of Loyola
and Francis Xavier: "not only their history which was interwoven for many years from Paris
Paris
and Rome, but a unique desire — a unique passion, it could be said — moved and sustained them through different human events: the passion to give to God- Trinity
Trinity
a glory always greater and to work for the proclamation of the Gospel
Gospel
of Christ to the peoples who had been ignored."[49] By consulting with the earlier ancient Christians of St. Thomas
Christians of St. Thomas
in India, Xavier developed Jesuit missionary methods. His success also spurred many Europeans to join the order, as well as become missionaries throughout the world. His personal efforts most affected Christians in India
India
and the East Indies
East Indies
(Indonesia, Malaysia, Timor). India
India
still has numerous Jesuit missions, and many more schools. Xavier also worked to propagate Christianity
Christianity
in China
China
and Japan. However, following the persecutions of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
and the subsequent closing of Japan to foreigners, the Christians of Japan
Japan
were forced to go underground to develop an independent Christian culture. Likewise, while Xavier inspired many missionaries to China, Chinese Christians also were forced underground and developed their own Christian culture. Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
is the patron saint of his native Navarre, which celebrates his feast day on 3 December as a government holiday. In addition to Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
masses remembering Xavier on that day (now known as the Day of Navarra), celebrations in the surrounding weeks honour the region's cultural heritage. Furthermore, in the 1940s, devoted Catholics instituted the Javierada, an annual day-long pilgrimage (often on foot) from the capital at Pamplona
Pamplona
to Xavier, where his order has built a basilica and museum and restored his family's castle. Namesake[edit]

Statue of Santo Fransiskus Xaverius, at Gereja Katedral Santa Perawan Maria Diangkat Ke Surga, in Jakarta, Indonesia

Statue of Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier, at St. Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
Catholic Church, in Superior, Wisconsin, United States

Effigy of Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
in the Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal

As the foremost saint from Navarre
Navarre
and one of the main Jesuit saints, he is much venerated in Spain
Spain
and the Hispanic countries where Francisco Javier or Javier are common male given names.[53] The alternative spelling Xavier is also popular in Portugal, Catalonia, Brazil, France, Belgium, and southern Italy. In India, the spelling Xavier is almost always used, and the name is quite common among Christians, especially in Goa
Goa
and the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka. The names Francisco Xavier, António Xavier, João Xavier, Caetano Xavier, Domingos Xavier et cetera, were very common till quite recently in Goa. Fransiskus Xaverius is commonly used as a name for Indonesian Catholics, usually abbreviated as FX. In Austria and Bavaria
Bavaria
the name is spelled as Xaver (pronounced (ˈk͡saːfɐ)) and often used in addition to Francis as Franz-Xaver (frant͡sˈk͡saːfɐ). Many Catalan men are named for him, often using the two-name combination Francesc Xavier. In English speaking countries, "Xavier" until recently was likely to follow "Francis"; in the 2000s, however, "Xavier" by itself has become more popular than "Francis", and since 2001 is now one of the hundred most common male baby names in the U.S.A.[54] Furthermore, the Sevier family name, possibly most famous in the United States
United States
for John Sevier
John Sevier
originated from the name Xavier. Many churches all over the world, often founded by Jesuits, have been named in honour of Xavier. Those in the United States
United States
include the historic St. Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
Shrine at Warwick, Maryland, (founded 1720, and at which American founding father, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, (1737–1832), (longest living signer and only Catholic at the Continental Congress
Continental Congress
to sign the Declaration of Independence, 1776) and cousin to the first American-born Bishop John Carroll, (1735–1815), Bishop and later Archbishop
Archbishop
of Baltimore, 1790–1815, (at the Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Baltimore) began their education), also the American educational teaching order Xaverian Brothers, the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier
Basilica of St. Francis Xavier
in Dyersville, Iowa, and the Mission San Xavier del Bac
Mission San Xavier del Bac
in Tucson, Arizona
Arizona
(founded in 1692, and known for its Spanish Colonial architecture). In art[edit] Rubens
Rubens
painted St Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
Raising the Dead, for a Jesuit church in Antwerp, and in which he depicted one of St Francis's many miracles (in this case a resurrection).[55] The Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
in Prague, Czech Republic features a statue of Francis Xavier. Missionary[edit] Shortly before leaving he had issued a famous instruction to Father Gaspar Barazeuz who was leaving to go to Ormuz (a kingdom on an island in the Persian Gulf, formerly attached to the Empire of Persia, now part of Iran), that he should mix with sinners:

And if you wish to bring forth much fruit, both for yourselves and for your neighbours, and to live consoled, converse with sinners, making them unburden themselves to you. These are the living books by which you are to study, both for your preaching and for your own consolation. I do not say that you should not on occasion read written books... to support what you say against vices with authorities from the Holy Scriptures and examples from the lives of the saints.[26]

Modern scholars place the number of people converted to Christianity by Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
at around 30,000. And while some of Xavier's methods have been since criticised (he forced converts to take Portuguese names and dress in Western clothes, approved the persecution of the Eastern Church, and used the Goa
Goa
government as a missionary tool), he has also earned praise. He insisted that missionaries adapt to many of the customs, and most certainly the language, of the culture they wish to evangelise. And unlike later missionaries, Xavier supported an educated native clergy. Though for a time, it seemed his work in Japan was subsequently destroyed by persecution, Protestant
Protestant
missionaries three centuries later discovered that approximately 100,000 Christians still practised in the Nagasaki
Nagasaki
area.[56] Francis Xavier's work initiated permanent change in eastern Indonesia, and he was known as the "Apostle of the Indies" where in 1546–1547 he worked in the Maluku Islands
Maluku Islands
among the people of Ambon, Ternate, and Morotai
Morotai
(or Moro), and laid the foundations for a permanent mission. After he left the Maluku Islands, others carried on his work and by the 1560s there were 10,000 Roman Catholics in the area, mostly on Ambon. By the 1590s there were 50,000 to 60,000.[57] Role in the Goa
Goa
Inquisition[edit] Deeply imbued with the theology of the later Augustine, he was fiercely "jealous" of "God's greater glory" and deeply suspicious of the "untutored" efforts of man to scale the heights of the spirit.[58] This world view led him to missionary tactics that even the Jesuit James Patrick Broderick, though writing an admiring biography, condemns Xavier's "woefully inadequate views about Indian religion and civilization".[59] The role of Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
in the Goa
Goa
Inquisition
Inquisition
is controversial. He had written to King João III of Portugal
Portugal
in 1546, encouraging him to dispatch the Inquisition
Inquisition
to Goa, which he did many years later in 1560.[60] Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
died in 1552 without living to see the horrors of the Goa
Goa
Inquisition, but some historians believe that he was aware of the Portuguese Inquisition's brutality. In an interview to an Indian newspaper, historian Teotónio de Souza
Teotónio de Souza
stated that Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
and Simão Rodrigues, another founder-member of the Society of Jesus, were together in Lisbon
Lisbon
before Francis left for India. Both were asked to assist spiritually the prisoners of the Inquisition
Inquisition
and were present at the very first auto-da-fé celebrated in Portugal
Portugal
in September 1540, at which 23 were absolved and two were condemned to be burnt, including a French cleric. Hence, he believes that Xavier was aware of the brutality of the Inquisition.[61] See also[edit]

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Footnotes[edit]

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Goa
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Pope Pius XI
(14 December 1927). "Apostolicorum in Missionibus". Papal Encyclicals Online. Retrieved 1 November 2014.  ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 17. ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 18. ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 16. ^ Sagredo Garde, Iñaki. Navarra. Castillos que defendieron el Reino. Pamiela, 2006. ISBN 84-7681-477-1 ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 28. ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 21. ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 33. ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 40. ^ a b c Brodrick 1952, p. 41. ^ a b De Rosa 2006, p. 93. ^ a b c Butler, Rev. Alban. "St Francis Xavier, Confessor, Apostle Of The Indies". The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints, Vol. III. ewtn.com. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  ^ De Rosa 2006, p. 95. ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 47. ^ De Rosa 2006, p. 37. ^ Lach, Donald Frederick (1994). Asia in the making of Europe: A century of wonder. The literary arts. The scholarly disciplines (University of Chicago Press, 1994 ed.). ISBN 0-226-46733-3. Retrieved 6 December 2010.  ^ De Rosa 2006, p. 96. ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 77. ^ a b c "Wintz O.F.M., Jack, "St. Francis Xavier: Great Missionary
Missionary
to the Orient", Franciscan Media, November 29, 2006". americancatholic.org. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 78. ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 96. ^ a b Ante Kadič. St. Francis Xavier
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and Marko Marulić. The Slavic and East European Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring, 1961), pp. 12–18 ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 85. ^ a b "Zuloaga SJ, Ismael G., "Francis Xavier, Founder of the Jesuit Mission in Asia", Jesuit Asia Pacific Conference". Archived from the original on 13 April 2013.  ^ Brodrick 1952, p. 100. ^ "DeSouza, Teotonio R., "The Portuguese in Goa", Universidade Lusófona" (PDF). recil.grupolusofona.pt. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  ^ de Mendonça, D. (2002). Conversions and Citizenry: Goa
Goa
Under Portugal, 1510-1610. Concept Publishing Company. ISBN 9788170229605. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  ^ "Astrain, Antonio. "St. Francis Xavier." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 6. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909. 22 Mar. 2015". newadvent.org. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  ^ a b c "" Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
Apostle Of The Indies And Japan", Lives of Saints, John J. Crawley & Co., Inc". ewtn.com. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  ^ Goa
Goa
and Daman, Archdiocese of. "St Paul's College & Rachol Seminary". website. Archdiocese of Goa
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and Daman. Retrieved 3 May 2011.  ^ Duignan, Peter. "Early Jesuit Missionaries: A Suggestion for Further Study." American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 60, No. 4 (August 1958). pp. 725–732. Blackwell Publishing on behalf of the American Anthropological Association. Retrieved 30 November 2008. ^ a b "Astrain, Antonio. "St. Francis Xavier." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 6. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909. 7 Mar. 2013". newadvent.org. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  ^ Wintz O.F.M., Jack. "Four Great Spanish Saints - December 2006 Issue of St. Anthony Messenger Magazine Online". americancatholic.org. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  ^ a b c d Diego Pacheco. "Xavier and Tanegashima." Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Winter, 1974), pp. 477–480 ^ Shusaku Endo (1969), Silence, p. vii, Translator's Preface, William Johnston, Taplinger Publishing Company, New York ^ Vlam, Grace A. H. (1979). "The Portrait of S. Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
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Society of Jesus
in Europe, 1552". fordham.edu. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  ^ Cappella di san Francesco Saverio Archived 17 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine., at the official website of Il Gesù. (in Italian) ^ "Saint's right forearm will arrive in Quebec this week as part of Canadian tour". CTV Montreal. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2018.  ^ Chapel of St. Francis Xavier
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Archived 14 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine., at the official website of the Macau Government Tourist Office. ^ Jesuit prayer-book "Srce Isusovo Spasenje naše" ("Heart of Jesus our Salvation"), Zagreb, 1946, p. 425 ^ For the most recent study of Francis Xavier's canonization process, see Franco Mormando, "The Making of the Second Jesuit Saint: The Campaign for the Canonization
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of Francis Xavier, 1555–1622" in Francis Xavier
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and the Jesuit Missions in the Far East, ed. F. Mormando, Chestnut Hill, MA: The Jesuit Institute, Boston College, 2006, pp. 9–22. ^ a b "Address Of Benedic XVI To The Fathers And Brothers Of The Society Of Jesus, April 22, 2006". vatican.va. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  ^ Attwater (1965), pp. 141–142. ^ "Japanese Sketches" in The Month, Volume 11 (1869) p.241 ^ ISBN 978-0-674-02448-9 ^ The most frequent names, simple and exact for the national total and exact for the province of residence, Instituto Nacional de Estadística. Excel spreadsheet
Excel spreadsheet
format. Javier is the 10th most popular complete name for males, Francisco Javier, the 18th. Together, Javier becomes the 8th most frequent name for males. ^ "Popular Baby Names". ssa.gov. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  ^ Rubens, William Unger, S. R. K. "St. Francis Xavier
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This article incorporates material from the Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religion Attwater, Donald. (1965) A Dictionary of Saints. Penguin Books, Middlesex, England. Reprint: 1981. Brodrick, James (1952). Saint
Saint
Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier
(1506–1552). London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne Ltd. p. 558.  Coleridge, Henry James (1872) [1876]. The life and letters of St. Francis Xavier. 1. London: Burns and Oates. Archived from the original on 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2014.  De Rosa, Giuseppe (2006). Gesuiti (in Italian). Elledici. p. 148. ISBN 9788801034400.  George M. Moraes (1952): St. Francis Xavier, Apostolic Nuncio (1542-52), Bombay, Konkan Institute of Arts and Science, 35p. Jou, Albert (1984). The Saint
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portal

Chinese terms for God

Shangdi Shen Tianzhu

Foundations

Timeline of Chinese history Christianity Roman Catholicism in China Protestantism in China Chinese Orthodox Church

Chinese Bible translations

Chinese Union Version Chinese New Version Today's Chinese Version Studium Biblicum Version

Church of the East

Nestorian Stele Jesus
Jesus
Sutras Christianity
Christianity
among the Mongols

Medieval Roman Catholic missions

John of Montecorvino Odoric of Pordenone Giovanni de' Marignolli

Jesuit missions

Francis Xavier Matteo Ricci St. Paul's College, Macau Three Pillars of Chinese Catholicism

Xu Guangqi

Chinese Rites controversy Joachim Bouvet

Protestant
Protestant
missions

Agencies Robert Morrison Karl Gützlaff Divie Bethune McCartee Hudson Taylor Lottie Moon Timothy Richard Jonathan Goforth Cambridge Seven Eric Liddell Gladys Aylward (more...)

Important figures

Liang Fa Xi Shengmo John Sung Watchman Nee Wang Ming-Dao Samuel Lamb Allen Yuan K. H. Ting Wang Weifan Liu Xiaofeng

Religious freedom in China

Lianghui Three-Self Patriotic Movement China
China
Christian Council Chinese house churches Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association List of Protestant
Protestant
theological seminaries

Events

Taiping Rebellion First Opium War Second Opium War Unequal treaty Yangzhou riot Tianjin Massacre Boxer Crisis Anti-Christian Movement Xinhai Revolution Chinese Civil War WW II People's Republic

Impact

Science and technology Medical missions in China Anti-sex-selective abortion Anti-footbinding campaign Anti-opium campaign Chinese Roman Type Cantonese Roman Type Chinese Christian Colleges Chinese Hymnody Manchurian revival

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 51717999 LCCN: n50072225 ISNI: 0000 0001 2101 3028 GND: 118535021 SELIBR: 366187 SUDOC: 029305837 BNF: cb12096006t (data) BPN: 95483302 NLA: 53004809 NDL: 00439991 NKC: xx0005803 ICCU: ITICCUVIAV88703 BNE: XX1137

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