Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía

Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía S.J. (Valencian: Francesc de Borja, Spanish: Francisco de Borja) (1510–1572), venerated as Saint Francis Borgia, was a great-grandson of Pope Alexander VI, a Grandee of Spain, a Spanish Jesuit, and third Superior General of the Society of Jesus. He was canonized on 20 June 1670 by Pope Clement X.


Francis Borgia

Duke of Gandía
Born28 October 1510
Duchy of Gandía, Kingdom of Valencia, Spain
Died30 September 1572(1572-09-30) (aged 61)
Rome, Papal States
Venerated inCatholic Church
Beatified23 November 1624, Madrid, Kingdom of Spain by Pope Urban VIII
Canonized20 June 1670, Rome by Pope Clement X
Major shrineRelics translated to Jesuit church in Madrid, 1901
Feast30 September
10 October (General Roman Calendar 1688–1969)
AttributesSkull crowned with an emperor's diadem
PatronageAgainst earthquakes; Portugal; Gandía; Rota, Marianas