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Paolo Segneri

1624-1694. Jesuit preacher. Born at Nettuno, he studied at the Roman College, entered the Jesuit Order (1637), and was ordained (1653). He was a pupil of Sforza Pallavicino, whose sacred oratory much influenced him and led to the study of classical and patristic oratory. His preaching ministry, sometimes accompanied by self-flagellation and penitential processions, began in cathedral pulpits, and from 1661 until 1692 he conducted many popular missions and Lenten series. [[Innocent XII]] called him to Rome as his preacher (1692), making him theologian of the Sacred Penitentiary. Likened to Savonarola,* he did much to reform pulpit oratory. He also wrote works against Quietism* and Probabiliorism.*