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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

Daily readings: August 14 – 20

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The generous Christian king who prayed all night

It is likely that Oswald was baptised on the island of Iona

St Oswald (August 5) was praised by the Venerable Bede as ‘a man beloved of God’