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Daily readings: December 26 – January 8

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Spanish abbot who liberated Christian slaves

The Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos

St Dominic of Silos (December 20) is an example of the remarkable possibilities open to low-born talent in the medieval Church

Daily readings: December 19 – 25

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint who was tormented by her conscience

The duomo in Brescia, where St Maria tended to the sick

St Maria di Rosa (December 15) founded the Handmaids of Charity and died at the age of 42, exhausted by her good works

Daily readings: December 12 – 18

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The pope who warned Corinthians over their braggadocio

There is a tradition that Clement was a Roman consul

St Clement of Rome (November 23) is traditionally classified as the fourth pope (90-100)

Daily readings: November 21 – 27

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

St Albert the Great, one of the best scientists of the Middle Ages

Cologne, where St Albert established his reputation

St Albert the Great (November 15) recognised no division between science and theology

Daily readings: November 14 – 20

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The priest whose preaching turned Piacenza upside down

A statue of St Andrew Avellino in Milan

St Andrew Avellino (November 10) adopted an ecclesiastical tonsure as a young man to escape the temptations from women