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The teenager who ran away from home to join St Francis

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

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

Luther’s contemporary who sought to reform the Church from within

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

The saint who founded the Redemptorists


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

The saint whose guide on virtue was read every day by monks in the Middle Ages

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

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

The pagan prince who gave up 800 concubines after converting to Christianity

Vladimir reportedly took part in human sacrifices before his conversion

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

The woman who wiped the face of Christ on the way to Calvary

St Veronica painted by Hans Memling (1430–1494)

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St Veronica (July 12)

The saint who refused point blank to accept the Resurrection

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

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St Thomas the Apostle (July 3)

The priest who captured the smugness of Gnosticism

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St Irenaeus (June 28)

The Briton martyred under the Romans who converted his executioner

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St Alban (June 20)

The king who fostered a Benedictine revival

With Edgar behind him Oswald was able to revive Pershore Abbey, above

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St Edgar, June 8, gained the reputation of presiding over a golden age of peace and plenty in Anglo-Saxon England