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Company of Jesus
The Society of Jesus or Jesuits as they are called is a religious congregation founded by the Spanish Ignatius of Loiola.
The Jesuits had a strong intellectual preparation and had a great influence on kings and the general population. Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries they practically had a monopoly on secondary education. In addition to their role in education, the Jesuits also played a major role in evangelizing the indigenous peoples of the lands discovered by the Portuguese and Spanish and in converting Protestant countries. In the Portuguese case, some of the Jesuits who stood out in the evangelizing process were S. Francisco Xavier in India, and priests Manuel da Nóbrega and António Vieira in Brazil.
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