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St. Francis Xavier
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Religious Figure
    (April 7, 1506-December 3, 1552)
    Born in Navarre
    Co-founder of the Jesuits with Ignatius Loyola
    Spent many years in the Far East evangelizing; including India, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Japan
    He called for the Inquisition to investigate the Portuguese East Indies.
    He had trouble learning foreign languages.
    Since his death, he has had several body parts removed to be used as relics.
    He was relatively unsuccessful in Japan.
    Growing up, his family's castle was flattened by the invading forces of Castile and Aragon.
    He was incredibly successful in his missionary efforts reaching millions with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is directly responsible for the very existence of the Catholic Church in countries like Indonesia and Japan.
    He was usually respectful of native customs that didn't interfere with his faith and often tried to integrate them into the Catholic faith, such as substituting a pagan festival for a good harvest with a Mass for a good harvest.
    The Jesuit order he helped found has become one of the most successful and well-known in the history of the Catholic Church.
    The initials for Saint Francis Xavier are S.F.X., the same as for 'special effects!'
    He died tragically young at age 46.
    He has had a lot of schools, hospitals, churches, and children named after him.

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