St. Bernardino of Siena

St. Bernardino of Siena, OFM (8 September 1380 – 20 May 1444), also known as Bernardine, was an Italian priest and Franciscan missionary preacher in Italy. He was a systematizer of Scholastic economics. His greatest contribution to economics was a discussion and defence of the entrepreneur. His preaching, his book burnings, and his “bonfires of the vanities” made him famous during his own lifetime because they were frequently directed against sorcery, gambling, infanticide, witchcraft, homosexuals, Jews, Romani “Gypsies”, usury, etc. Bernardino was later canonised by the Catholic Church as a saint – where he is also referred to as “the Apostle of Italy” – for his efforts to revive the country’s Catholicism during the 15th century.


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