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A portrait of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, hangs on the wall of the office of the Superior General, in the House of Borgo in the Vatican City. The Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, Soldiers of Christ, and Foot soldiers of the Pope, was founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, who was himself a knight before becoming a priest. The Jesuits are involved in many realms of work, but are best known for their involvement in education, human rights, intellectual research and social justice..