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Ed West is the deputy editor of the Catholic Herald

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

The saint who received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

A stained-glass window depicts St Jude, the much-loved patron of lost causes

St Jude (October 28) is the patron saint of lost causes

The pope who guided the Church into the new millennium

Blessed John Paul II  (CNS)

Blessed John Paul II (October 22) played a decisive role at the Second Vatican Council

The 17th century saint who converted North American tribesmen

A statue of St Jean de Brébeuf

St Jean de Brébeuf and Fr Isaac Jogues (October 19) were beatified in 1925 and canonised in 1930