Why was the Society of Jesus founded in 1534?

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  • 8 years ago
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    To stear Protestantism towards Roman Catholicism.

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    Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Also known as Íñigo López de Loyola (December 24, 1491 – July 31, 1556); was the principal founder and first Superior General of the Society of Jesus, a religious order of the Catholic Church professing direct service to the Pope. Members of the order are called Jesuits. He is famous as the compiler of the Spiritual Exercises, and he is remembered as a gifted spiritual director. Ignatius of Loyola was very active fighting the Protestant Reformation and promoting the subsequent Counter-Reformation. He was beatified and then canonized to receive the title of Saint on March 12, 1622. His feast day is July 31, celebrated annually. He is the patron saint of Guipúzcoa and Biscay as well as of the Society of Jesus.

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