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The ruins of St Bertin’s Abbey, rebuilt in the 13th century

St Bertin (September 5) became abbot of a flourishing monastery with some 150 monks under his rule

St Louis (August 25) was jovial in company but gave himself up to prayer and fasting in private

‘A man of God who knew the unhappiness of the world’

St Pius X (August 21) had a saintliness that no one who knew him doubted

St Clare’s relatives literally tried to drag her away from her religious vocation

St Clare (August 11) founded the Order of Poor Ladies, now known as the Poor Clares

St Cajetan (August 7), who wished to reform the Church, and founded the Theatines


The saint who founded the Redemptorists

St Alphonsus Liguori (August 1), one of the great moral philosophers of the early modern Church

John’s book Collationes gave the Italians their word for breakfast

St John Cassian (July 23) fell out of favour in the 16th century

Vladimir reportedly took part in human sacrifices before his conversion

St Vladimir (July 15) was transformed from a promiscuous thug into an outstanding moral exemplar

St Veronica painted by Hans Memling (1430–1494)

St Veronica (July 12)

The Incredulity of St Thomas by Benjamin West (1738-1820)

St Thomas the Apostle (July 3)