Robert Bellarmine

Catholic cardinal, saint, and Doctor of the Church

1542   -   1621

educated at: Pontifical Gregorian University, University of Padua
occupation: Jesuit, writer, librarian, university teacher, Catholic priest, theologian
position held: archbishop, cardinal, Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals, Catholic bishop

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Saint Robert Bellarmine, S.J. (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 and named Doctor of the Church, one of only 36. He was one of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation. 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, the Galileo affair, and the trial of Friar Fulgenzio Manfredi.
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