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Ed West is the deputy editor of the Catholic Herald

Central African Republic Archbishop pleads with British government for help

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga addressing worshipers at the St Jean des Cascades church in Bangui, Central African Republic

Archbishop Nzapalainga in London to urge politicians to lobby for UN intervention

The saint who dyed her hair in soot

St Angela’s life was shaped by dramatic visions, including one of her sister in heaven

St Angela Merici (January 27) was beatified in 1768

The saint who was popular with soldiers and athletes

St Sebastian Thrown into the Cloaca Maxima (1612) by Lodovico Carracci

St Sebastian (January 20) was captain in the Praetorian Guard

The saint who was the first to go into the wilderness

St Anthony the Great was tempted by boredom, laziness and phantom women in the desert

St Anthony the Great (January 17) was one of the most influential people in the early Church

The saint who was twice appointed Archbishop of Canterbury

A group of Berbers - St Adrian was a member of the same ethnic group

St Adrian of Canterbury (January 9) travelled across Britain, teaching Christianity, art, literature and astronomy as he went

Archbishop Nichols appointed to Congregation for Bishops

Archbishop Vincent 
Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

‘It is a privilege to assist in the important task of appointing bishops,’ said the Archbishop of Westminster

The saint who reinvigorated the Church in the 17th century

St Peter revitalised a Church that had grown lazy in bringing the faith to people

St Peter Canisius (December 21) was one of the most important Jesuits of his time

The saint who is venerated by both Catholics and the Orthodox

A detail from the Mystic Marriage of St Catherine of Alexandria and St Catherine of Siena by the Italian Renaissance painter of the Milanese school Ambrogio Bergognone

St Catherine of Alexandria (November 25) is also known as St Catherine of the Wheel

The saint who promoted charity, culture and religious reform

Dunfermline was once an important pilgrimage centre for devotees of St Margaret of Scotland

St Margaret of Scotland (November 16) was canonised in 1250 and her remains were moved to Dunfermline Abbey

The saint who boldly tore down pagan temples

A statue of St Willibrord at Echternach, in eastern Luxembourg, where the saint died

St Willibrord (November 7) is known as the Apostle to the Frisians