Robert Bellarmine

Robert Bellarmine (Italian: Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmino; 4 October 1542 – 17 September 1621) was an Italian Jesuit and a cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was canonized a saint in 1930[1] and named Doctor of the Church, one of only 36. He was one of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation.


Robert Bellarmine

17th-century portrait of Robert Bellarmine, Antwerp, Museum Plantin-Moretus.
Confessor and Doctor of the Church
Born4 October 1542
Montepulciano
Died17 September 1621(1621-09-17) (aged 78)
Rome, Papal States
Venerated inCatholic Church
Anglican Communion
Beatified13 May 1923, Rome by Pope Pius XI
Canonized29 June 1930, Rome by Pope Pius XI
Major shrineChiesa di Sant'Ignazio, Rome, Italy
Feast17 September; 13 May (General Roman Calendar, 19321969)
PatronageBellarmine University; Bellarmine Preparatory School; Fairfield University; Bellarmine College Preparatory; St. Robert's School, Darjeeling; canonists; canon lawyers; catechists; Robert Barron (bishop); catechumens; Archdiocese of Cincinnati,

Coat of arms of Saint Robert Bellarmine

Bellarmine was a professor of theology and later rector of the Roman College, and in 1602 became Archbishop of Capua. He supported the reform decrees of the Council of Trent. He is also widely remembered for his role in the Giordano Bruno affair,[2][3] the Galileo affair, and the trial of Friar Fulgenzio Manfredi.[4]