Leo IX became pope on February 12, 1049.
He aimed to eliminate what he believed were the Church's evils.
He led a papal army to banish the Normans in 1053.
Saint Dominic came face to face with the then virulent Albigensian heresy at Languedoc.
The Albigensians held to two principles—one good, one evil—in the world.
He saw immediately why the preaching was not succeeding.
St. Francis of Assisi was renowned for drinking and partying in his youth.
After his release from prison, Francis heard the voice of Christ, who told him to repair the Christian Church.
During his life he also developed a deep love of nature and animals.