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Pilgrims pray by and view the body of St Francis Xavier during an exposition of the saint in December 2004 (CNS)

‘This is a wonderful opportunity to proclaim our faith,’ said Archbishop Filipe de Rosario Ferrao

Pope Francis leaves the Church of the Gesù in Rome (CNS)

Holy Father celebrates Mass at the Church of the Gesù in Rome on feast of St Ignatius

Pope Francis (Photo: AP)

He says he longs for ‘a Church that is poor and for the poor’

Pope Benedict addresses the United Nations in 2008 (AP)

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A detail from the Miracle of St Francis Xavier by Peter Paul Rubens

St Francis Xavier (December 3), one of the most remarkable travellers in history, was perceptive about the cruelties of colonialism

Pope Benedict waves to the faithful at today's general audience (AP)

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