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Title: De verering van Sint-Franciscus Xaverius in de Republiek
Author(s): BEGHEYN, Paul
Journal: Ons Geestelijk Erf
Volume: 77 Issue: 3 Date: september 2003
In 1658 Francis Xavier was chosen for patron saint of the Jesuit mission in the Dutch Republic. In this article the spread of the reputation and cult of Saint Francis Xavier is described. Successively information is provided on the presence of relics in the northern Netherlands; on the number of publications devoted to him; on his appearance in historical documents and in literary texts like poems, hymns, plays and novels; and finally on artistic products like paintings, engravings, statues and liturgical silverware. Through it all it becomes clear that for two centuries Francis Xavier was a popular saint, and even more than Ignatius of Loyola, in the Dutch Republic where Jesuits were unwanted persons.