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A Tale of Two Friends

Francis Xavier, Ignatius of Loyola, and the Power of Friendship in the Lord

By: Patricia Mitchell and Louise Perrotta

Let Works of Mercy Be Our Delight

St. Francis Xavier—the sixteenth-century Jesuit who spread the gospel in India, Indonesia, and Japan—has been called the greatest missionary since St. Paul. This intrepid priest broke new ground and evangelized on a large scale, despite great dangers, deprivations, and hardships.

In only ten years, Francis opened so many doors and led so many people to Christ that it’s easy to forget how simply his story bega

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