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Walter Ciszek

Polish-American Walter Ciszek spent 23 years in the Soviet Union in various prisons and work camps. In 1988, the cause for his canonisation was officially introduced.

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Saint Francis Borgia

The third Superior General of the Jesuits, Saint Francis Borgia, played a critical role in the spread of the Society of Jesus throughout the world during its formative years, particularly with respect to the founding of colleges and centres of education.

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Alfred Delp

Alfred Delp was a German Jesuit who strongly opposed the Nazi regime in favour of a more tolerant and humane Germany, and he was ultimately killed for his Catholic principles.

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Saint Alberto Hurtado

Saint Alberto Hurtado is revered in his home country of Chile for his work on behalf of the poor and workers there. His ministries have continued long after his death.

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Friedrich Spee

Friedrich Spee wrote the influential book, Cautio Criminalis (Precautions for Prosecutors), opposing how witch trials were conducted, eventually helping to bring about the ending of its practice.

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Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

Alphonsus Rodriguez had a family of his own before entering the Jesuits as a Brother. He radiated a calm sense of holiness in his role as porter and doorkeeper in Majorca.

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Giuseppe Castiglione

In Church missions there is often a clash of cultures between that of the missionary and that of the people to whom he brings the Gospel. For a missionary, finding a middle ground can be important in order to best communicate across this culture gap, and this is not always found through religion. A celebrated artist, Giuseppe Castiglione SJ achieved ...

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Peter Kenney

Peter Kenney was an Irish Jesuit credited with restoring the Society of Jesus in Ireland after their suppression, as well as with establishing several colleges and devoting much of his life to the education of youth.

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John Corridan

John Corridan challenged corrupt union officials and Irish gangsters on the docks of New York City in the 1940s and 1950s, giving voice to the plight of the ordinary dock workers.

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