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Daily readings: April 22 – 28

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Lourdes visionary who expected to be boiled on a grill in Purgatory

St Bernadette grew up uneducated, undernourished, and asthmatic

St Bernadette (April 16) grew up in the direst extremes of poverty

Daily readings: April 15 – 21

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

The rich, handsome marquess who dedicated herself to the poor

San Anastasia church in Verona, the city where St Magdalen served the poor

St Magdalen of Canossa (April 10)

Daily readings: April 8 – 14

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint who believed he was ‘a plague-spot in soul and body’

His sermons dwelled on the gloomier aspects of the faith

St Vincent Ferrer (April 5) believed that Jews should be rooted out of Spain. His anti-Semitic sermons sparked riots that killed thousands

Daily readings: April 1 – 7

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Daily readings: March 25 – 31

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The priest who saw no need for a bed

A statue of St Joseph, who lived on bread, water and the odd sardine

St Joseph Oriol (March 23) sought obscurity and self-abnegation but ended up being celebrated throughout Barcelona

The carpenter who kept hundreds of fugitive Catholics alive

Coughton Court, where St Nicholas built a priest hole

St Nicholas Owen (March 22) was tortured horribly but did not give up any compromising information