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Peter Faber, Jesuit and Apostle of Germany, declared a saint by Pope Francis

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Peter Faber, SJ was one of the founding members of the Society of Jesus. According to Vatican Radio, .Blessed Peter Faber was canonized by Pope Francis on Tuesday evening.making him a saint.

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St. Peter Faber was born on April 13th, 1506, in Villaret, Savoy, France. St. Peter Faber shared lodging as a student with St. Francis Xavier, He eventually helped St. Ignatius found the Society of Jesus. He was a friend to both St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier.

He was the first of St. Ignatius Loyola's company to be ordained as a priest. He was sent to Germany where he worked for the renewal of the Church. He also worked in Portugal and Spain. He became known as the Apostle of Germany.

St. Peter Faber emphasized reform of the interior life and discipline of the affections. He was a careful listener and sensitive confessor. He also conducted the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

St. Peter Faber died of natural causes, in the arms of St. Ignatius, at the age of 40. His feast day is celebrated on August 8.

The following prayer was part of Ignatian Spirituality and used as part of the Spiritual Exercises.

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ inebriate me.

Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O Good Jesus, hear me.

Permit me not to be separated from you.

From the wicked foe, defend me.

At the hour of my death call me

and bid me come to you

that with your saints I may praise you

Forever and ever. Amen

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