The coffin had to be opened for him that he might verify the body before it was placed in the tomb, and so foul a sight met his eyes that he vowed never again to serve a sovereign who could suffer so base a change.
It was some years before he could follow the call of his Lord; at length he entered the Society of Jesus to cut himself off from any chance of dignity or preferment.
But his Order chose him to be its head. The Turks were threatening Christendom, and St. Pius V. sent his nephew to gather Christian princes into a league for its defence.
The holy Pope chose Francis to accompany him, and, worn out though he was, the Saint obeyed at once.
The fatigues of the embassy exhausted what little life was left. St. Francis died on his return to Rome, October 10, 1572.
Feast Day of Saint Francis Borgia
The Feast Day of Saint Francis Borgia is October 10. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.