Patron of :
ROBERT was born in Italy in 1542. He
began his novitiate in the Society of Jesus. He was in very poor health
all his life. After his ordination, Robert became the great defender
of the Church against the followers of the Protestant Reformation. He loved
to write and he wrote very well. He revised the Latin Bible and wrote the
preface for it. He was made Rector of the Jesuit College, Provincial of
his Order in Naples, and theologian to Clement VIII. He wrote two famous
catechisms. The Pope nominated him a cardinal because he said "he had not
his equal for learning."
Having been appointed Archbishop of Capua, he
laid aside his books and began preaching to the people, teaching catechism
to the children, visiting the sick, and helping the poor. But three years
later Pope Paul V insisted on having Cardinal Bellarmine at his side. From
then on he was head of the Vatican Library. As a member of almost every
Congregation, he took an important part in the affairs of the pope. He
died at the age of 79 in 1621.
O God, in order to defend the Faith You
endowed St. Robert, Your Bishop, with wondrous erudition and virtues. Through
his intercession, grant that Your people may ever rejoice in the integrity
of that Faith.
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