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St Alphonsus was born in the province of Toledo, above

The saint who only slept three hours a night

The Virgin Mary appeared in a dream and said just one word to Alphonsus de Orozco (1500-1591): “Write” 

Daily readings: September 19 – September 25

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Civitavecchia, where St Cornelius was imprisoned

St Cornelius, pope from 251 to 253, was martyred by Emperor Gallus

Daily readings: September 12 – 18

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Modern-day St Omer

St Omer, September 9, patron of the blind

A town named after St Omer, in the Pas-de-Calais, played a crucial role in educating English Catholics

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

St Edmund’s remains were displayed on Lancaster Castle

St Edmund Arrowsmith (August 28) was hanged, drawn and quartered and his head set upon a pike

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

A portrait of St John Kemble

St John Kemble (August 22), a much-loved Catholic priest whose execution was horribly botched

Daily readings: August 22 – August 28

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms