Bernardino of Siena

Bernardino of Siena, O.F.M.
Saint Bernardino of Siena.PNG
Born8 September 1380
Massa Marittima, Italy
Died20 May 1444(1444-05-20) (aged 63)
Aquila, Italy
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Canonized24 May 1450, Rome, Papal States by Pope Nicholas V
Feast20 May
AttributesTablet with IHS; three mitres representing the bishoprics which he refused
PatronageAdvertisers; advertising; Aquila, Italy; chest problems; Italy; Diocese of San Bernardino, California; gambling addicts; public relations personnel; public relations work; Bernalda, Italy

Bernardino of Siena, (also known as Bernardine; 8 September 1380 – 20 May 1444) was an Italian priest and Franciscan missionary. He was a systematizer of Scholastic economics. His popular preaching made him famous during his own lifetime, although it was frequently directed against sorcery, gambling, infanticide, witchcraft, sodomy (homosexuality), Jews, and usury. 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 Catholic faith during the 15th century.[1]


Two hagiographies of Bernardino of Siena were written by two of his friends; the one the same year in which he died, by Barnaby of Siena; the other by Maffei Veggio.[2]

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