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The Borgia who became a Jesuit in secret

St Francis Borgia Helping a Dying Impenitent by Francisco Goya

St Francis Borgia (October 10), cousin of Emperor Charles V, became known as the Jesuits’ ‘second founder’

Daily readings: October 7 – 13

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The great Church scholar who lived in a cave for 32 years

Tintoretto’s painting of the ascetic and acerbic St Jerome

St Jerome (September 30) had a penchant for sarcasm that created enemies

Daily readings: September 30 – October 6

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The friar whose hands and side bled for 50 years

The body of Padre Pio lies in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo  (AP)

St Pio of Pietrelcina (September 23) decided to be a Capuchin friar at the age of 10

Daily readings: September 23 – 29

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint who brought Christianity north of Hadrian’s wall

The remains of St Ninian’s priory in Whithorn

St Ninian (September 16)

Daily readings: September 16 – 22

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The ‘golden-mouthed’ preacher exiled by an Empress twice

St John Chrysostom only became a priest at the age of 40

St John Chrysostom (September 13)

Daily readings: September 9 – 15

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms