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The missionary who said he would die for China ‘a thousand times over’

St Joseph Freinademetz: ‘I want to be Chinese in heaven’

St Joseph Freinademetz (January 28) fell in love with China despite working in dangerous and hostile conditions

Daily readings: January 30 – February 5

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint who gave advice on dancing and flirting

St François de Sales, the patron saint of journalists

St François de Sales (January 24) said he did not necessarily disapprove of ‘games, balls and pageants’

Daily readings: January 23 – 29

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The hermit who lived for 15 years in a tomb

St Anthony, painted by Fra Angelico in 1436

St Anthony of Egypt (January 17) inspired a new ideal by seeking spiritual growth in the desert

Daily readings: January 16 – 22

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The nobleman who bore paralysis with great cheerfulness

St Benedict was entranced by the monks at Lérins, on the island of St Honorat, near Cannes

St Benedict Biscop (January 12) travelled extensively, and was thus able to introduce the practices of Roman and Frankish Christianity into Northumberland

Daily readings: January 9 – 15

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

St Stephen, the first Christian martyr

The Stoning of St Stephen by Paolo Uccello

St Stephen (December 26) was hauled up before a Jewish court for rejecting sacrificial worship

Daily readings: December 26 – January 8

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms