4 October 1542 A.D. Robert Bellarmine Born—Rome’s Jesuit lion who backed the Popes as a Counter-Reformer
Robert Bellarmine (1542 to 1621)
Bellarmine backed the popes.
Robert Bellarmine was born in Montepulciano, Italy. He became an archbishop and was known for his defense of papal authority. In 1930 he was declared a doctor of the church and in 1931 canonized.