Birthdays on October 4

Robert Bellarmine (1542 to 1621)
Roman Church
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.

Francis J. Finn (1859 to 1928)
Roman Church
Boys' books with a Jesuit slant.

Francis J. Finn was born in St. Louis, Missouri. As a Jesuit priest, he sought to evangelize through writing juvenile literature. Among the characters he created were Tom Playfair, Lucky Bob, and Percy Wynn.


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