St. Robert Bellarmine – Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church
St. Robert Bellarmine, of whom Pope Clement VIII said: “The Church of God had not his equal in learning.” Was born in 1542 at Montepulciano and died in 1621. He entered the Society of Jesus, we made a Cardinal and defense of the rights of the Church. During St. Aloysius last years, St. Robert was his spiritual director. He was beatified in 1923, canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1931. He is the patron of catechetical instruction and members of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine may gain a plenary indulgence on his feast day under the usual conditions.