Book of Saints – Saint Robert Bellarmine

Saint Robert BellarmineArticle

September 3

Robert was born in Italy in 1542. He joined the Society of Jesus. Although ill health was his cross all during his life, he became the great defender of the Church against the followers of the Protestant Reformation.

Robert wrote many books that were read by Catholics and Protestants. He wrote two famous catechisms which were much used in the Church.

Having become a cardinal, 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 always had Cardinal Bellarmine at his side. As a member of almost every Congregation at the Vatican, he took an important part in the affairs of the Holy See.

He died at the age of seventy-nine in 1621. He is honored as a Doctor of the Church because of his great learning.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Robert Bellarmine”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 January 2019. Web. 19 September 2019. <>