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Daily readings: December 16 – 22

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint formerly known as ‘Talking Eagle’

St Juan Diego (December 9)

Daily readings: December 9 – 15

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The great Jesuit missionary who taught the Christian faith through jingles

A detail from the Miracle of St Francis Xavier by Peter Paul Rubens

St Francis Xavier (December 3), one of the most remarkable travellers in history, was perceptive about the cruelties of colonialism

Daily readings: December 2 – 8

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Daily readings: November 25 – December 1

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The monk who defied a synod of bishops

St Columban’s Rule was less precise but much stricter than St Benedict’s

St Columban (November 23) left a great monastic academy in Ireland to restore learning and religion to Gaul

Daily readings: November 18 – 24

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The scholar so committed to poverty he threw money out of the window

St Edmund Rich served as treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral, above

St Edmund Rich (November 16) had trouble, though, as Archbishop of Canterbury

The Austrian ruler who used his power to advance peace and virtue

Leopold’s wife dropped a veil on the site that became Klosterneuburg Abbey

St Leopold of Austria (November 15) was accorded the title Leopold the Good by his people and reigned for 40 years