VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has declared the 16th-century Jesuit Pierre Favre a saint, bypassing the Vatican’s typical saint-making procedures to honor the first recruit of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius Loyola.
The announcement was made Tuesday on Francis’ 77th birthday, something of a gift to his Jesuit family for whom Favre is a beloved role model.
Favre, who lived from 1506 to 1546, met Ignatius while the two were college roommates in Paris along with another future Jesuit, Francis Xavier. Favre later was ordained and spent most of his ministry preaching Catholicism in Germany and elsewhere during the Protestant Reformation.
Francis, the first Jesuit pope, recently spoke about the importance Favre had on his life. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.