Ignatius Loyola- In 1491 Ignatius Loyola was born in northern Spain. As a young man he entered military service and was seriously injured in battle. While he recovered Loyola read about the life of Jesus and the Catholic saints.
The Jesuits Influence-The Jesuits helped correct some of the abuses of the Catholic Church. With strict Jesuit training priests did a better job. They reached out to people in need. They helped the sick in hospitals and served the poor. The Jesuits also helped the Church expand its membership.
The Council of Trent- In 1545 pope Paul III called a series of meetings known as the Council of Trent. During these meetings, Catholic leaders sought ways to revive the moral authority of the Catholic Church and to stop the spread of Protestantism.