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Daily readings: September 11 – 17

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint who dreamed of a tree stretching across Ireland

The ruins of the cathedral at Clonmacnoise

St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise (September 9) founded a monastery attracting recruits from all over Europe

The Patriarch whose fervour worried his mother

Gentile Bellini depicts St Laurence in this painting from 1465

St Laurence Giustiniani (September 5) was born an aristocrat but became renowned for his extreme asceticism

Daily readings: September 4 – 10

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

British pilgrims enjoy World Youth Day

British pilgrims enjoy World Youth Day

Some 4,000 young people from Britain attended World Youth Day in Spain last week

A singularly beneficent power in a period without orthodox medicine

St Giles (September 1) is the patron saint of smithies

Daily readings: August 28 – September 3

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Daily readings: August 21 – 27

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The vain young girl who became a hero for Catholic women

St Maria de Mattias (August 20) masterminded the creation of more than fifty Precious Blood schools

The 80-year-old woman who discovered the Cross upon which Jesus was crucified

St Helena (August 18), the mother of Constantine, became celebrated for her charity to the poor and to prisoners