Early Jesuit wins canonization nod

St. Peter Faber

St. Peter Faber

January 20, 2014

Pope Francis issued a decree declaring one of his favourite Jesuits, Blessed Peter Faber, a saint.

The decree is what the Vatican terms an "equivalent canonization," in which the pope inserts the name of the new saint in the universal calendar of saints without verifying a miracle performed through his intercession and without holding a formal canonization ceremony.

The Vatican announced Dec. 17 that the pope formalized the church's recognition of the 16th-century priest who was a founding member of the Society of Jesus.