|St. Catherine of Siena Accused of Heresy
St. Catherine of Siena performed so many charitable works that a group of men and women began to follow her. In 1374, the Dominican Order heard about her followers and demanded that she go to Florence to be interrogated about her accused acts of heresy. After the interrogation, the Dominicans determined that St. Catherine was not a heretic and allowed her to continue her work.
St. Catherine of Siena Evangelizes
St. Catherine of Siena began traveling throughout northern and central Italy preaching about church reform and repentance for sins. She preached that Christians could receive forgiveness and renewal through “the total love for God.”
St. Catherine of Siena Spreads Her Words
St. Catherine of Siena not only traveled to spread her teachings but wrote letters to her followers. This increased her listeners to include people in authority. In her letters, she pleaded for peace between the church and state of Italy. She asked that the papacy be returned to Rome from Avignon and she wrote directly to Pope Gregory XI for clergy reform.