St. Robert’s feast day

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By CHRISTINA I. HERMOSO

The Catholic Church hon­ors to­day the life and works of Saint Robert Bel­larmine (San Roberto Be­larmino), the pa­tron of canon­ists and a Doc­tor of the Uni­ver­sal Church.

Com­mem­o­ra­tive masses will be held in sev­eral Catholic churches in many parts of the world, in­clud­ing the Philip­pines, in mem­ory of the ven­er­ated Ital­ian Je­suit pri­est.

At the Church of St. Ig­natius in Rome, Italy, where his sa­cred relics are kept, pil­grims and devo­tees tra­di­tion­ally gather on his feast day ev­ery year in ven­er­a­tion and thanks­giv­ing.

Known as a great the­olo­gian, teacher, scholar, char­ity worker, and writer, his mas­ter­piece, the Dis­pu­ta­tions on the Con­tro­ver­sies, is con­sid­ered as the most com­plete de­fense of the Catholic faith ever pub­lished as it showed his deep un­der­stand­ing of the Holy Bi­ble and the Fa­thers of the Church.

One of his hymns on St. Mary Mag­da­lene has been in­cluded in the Ro­man Catholic bre­viary. He also wrote in­spir­ing cat­e­chisms and was the spir­i­tual men­tor of St. Aloy­sius Gon­zaga, the pa­tron of the youth.

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