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Saint Robert Francis Romulus Bellarmine

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Bellarmine, Saint Robert Francis Romulus (1542–1621), theologian known for his opposition to Protestant Reformation doctrines. An Italian Jesuit, Saint Bellarmine was regarded by the Roman Catholic church as a key defender of the church's rights in an age when royal absolutism reigned. In 1560, he joined the Jesuit order. He became a cardinal (1599) and then archbishop of Capua (1602). A theology professor at the University of Louvain, Bellarmine was a prolific author. He was passionate about helping the poor, and gave all his money to those less fortunate, dying a pauper. Bellarmine was canonized in 1930. His feast day is May 17.

See also: Roman Catholic Church.

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