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This close friend of the scholar Jerome, known for her scholarship and her extreme piety and generosity, was one of the most noteworthy people—women or men—in all the 4th-century church.
Though practically unknown to most Westerners, the history of Orthodox spirituality among the Eastern Slavs of Ukraine and Russia is a deep treasure chest of spiritual exploration and discovery.
Christian Asceticism from the Early Church Through the Reformation
The Life and Thought of Bernard of CIairvaux
This Latin translation stood as the preeminent Bible text for centuries—and set the standard for future translators.
How did convents arise? Why did so many medieval women enter them?
Why did mysticism flower in the medieval world—and why did women often lead in it?
Junipero Serra launched a remarkable enterprise on Spain's final frontier
Stories that reveal Francis's intense, complex personality.
Little-known or remarkable facts about Francis of Assisi
The two most widespread medieval heresies
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April 20, 1139: The Second Lateran Council, led by Pope Innocent II and attended by 1,000 church leaders, opens in Rome. The council focused on reforming the church in the wake of the East-West schism (1054) and preserving the temporal possessions of the clergy.

April 20, 1233 (some say 1232): Pope Gregory IX appoints full-time papal inquisitors and gives the Dominican order authority to carry out the Inquisition. For their vigilant and persistant work, the order won the moniker "Domini canes" or ...

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