The future St. Francis de Sales was born in a chateau on the shores of Lake Geneva on August 21, 1567. His family was part of the House of Savoie, a family of Nobles in Europe at the time. He was baptised the next day in the Parish church of Thorens, and given the name Francis Bonaventure.
The Beatification of St. Francis de Sales in 1662 was the first solemn beatification to take place in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In 1665 he was canonized; his feast was fixed for January 29th, the anniversary of the bringing of his body to the Visitation in Annecy, He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1877 and Pope Pius XI named him the Patron Saint of Journalists.
In his wonderful treatise on the love of God he wrote, “The measure of love is to love without measure.”
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