Saint Bernardino of Siena was born on the 8 September 1380. He was an Italian priest, Franciscan missionary who is known as “the Apostle of Italy” for his efforts to revive the country’s Catholic faith during the 15th century. His preaching was frequently directed against gambling, witchcraft, sodomy and usury — particularly as practiced by Jews. St Bernardine died on the 20 May 1444 and was canonised six years later. He is the patron saint of Advertisers.