Now the Frenchman John Calvin — later to become the greatest Presbyterian of all time — was conceived in a Romish home. He was born on 10th July 1509 — in the church-dominated town of Noyon in Picardy. He was baptized soon after his birth — in the Roman Catholic parish church of Sainte-Godebert.
His mother was a very dedicated Roman Catholic woman. Calvin later wrote that he very well remembered how she had taken him, when a small boy, to religious processions and to one of the churches in town. There, she taught him to honour the multitude of images — and to kiss the relicts of the saints.