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The holy pope who lived on vegetable broth and crayfish

Pope St Pius V set up interest-free loan banks for the poor

Saint of the week

St Pius V (April 30), who excommunicated Queen Elizabeth, continued to live as a monk even after he became pope

Daily readings: May 1 – 7

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The joy of the Resurrection is to know that Christ abides in us

The word this week

Second Sunday of Easter: Acts 2:42-47; 1 Pet 1: 3-9; Jn 20:19-31

The priest who changed the way we treat the mentally ill

St Benedict Menni founded 17 psychiatric hospitals in Spain

Saint of the week

St Benedict Menni (April 24) gave his life to outcasts in an era of anti-clericalism

As we celebrate Easter we, like those first disciples, should expect to be changed from within

The word this week

Easter Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9

Daily readings: April 24 – 30

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Daily readings: April 17 – 24

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

A perpetual pilgrim who abandoned himself to the life of a derelict

Saint of the week

St Benoît-Joseph Labre (April 16) has been called the representative of those who in the name of Christ refuse to be respectable

At the beginning of Holy Week we welcome Christ into our lives

The word this week

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Mt 21: 1-11; Is 50: 4-7; Phil 2: 6-11; Mt 26:14-27:66

The bishop hacked to death by his own king

The tomb of St Stanislaus in Wawel Cathedral, Kraków

Saint of the week

St Stanislaus (April 11)