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Sant'Ignazio di Loyola (1491-1556) is to be considered the founder of the Jesuit order and it was he who brought him to Venice in 1523 during his pilgrimage to Jerusalem; two years later, he returned to the lagoon city, to be ordained a priest, with 9 friends belonging to the "Society of Jesus". He remained in the city of the doges only until 1537 before leaving for Rome but by now the order had taken root very strong with numerous followers (a few years later the first Jesuit college was established in the area occupied by the Church of Health). Due to the strong autonomist soul of the Serenissima that did not see the papal curia well, in 1606 Pope Paul V placed the Interdict (a kind of excommunication that would have placed Venice outside the Church, resulting in a ban on officiating religious rites in Venice) and Jesuits were expelled.

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