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The 13th-century Carmelite believed to have lived for more than 100 years

The reliquary housing part of the saint’s skull at Aylesford Priory

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St Simon Stock (May 16)

The Carthusian monk hung, drawn and quartered for refusing to accept Henry VIII as head of the Church

The London Charterhouse was suppressed and turned into a mansion

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St Robert Lawrence (May 4)

The dedicated missionary clubbed to death on a Pacific island

A museum housing St Pierre Chanel’s relics on the Pacific island of Futuna

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St Pierre Chanel (April 28) had his heart set on missionary work abroad since the age of 14

The Franciscan who used songs, games and dance to spread the Gospel

St Peter of St Joseph Betancurt

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St Peter of St Joseph Betancurt (April 25), born in Tenerife, ministered to the poor in Guatemala City

The Lourdes visionary who expected to be boiled on a grill in Purgatory

St Bernadette grew up uneducated, undernourished, and asthmatic

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St Bernadette (April 16) grew up in the direst extremes of poverty

The rich, handsome marquess who dedicated herself to the poor

San Anastasia church in Verona, the city where St Magdalen served the poor

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St Magdalen of Canossa (April 10)

The saint who believed he was ‘a plague-spot in soul and body’

His sermons dwelled on the gloomier aspects of the faith

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St Vincent Ferrer (April 5) believed that Jews should be rooted out of Spain. His anti-Semitic sermons sparked riots that killed thousands

The priest who saw no need for a bed

A statue of St Joseph, who lived on bread, water and the odd sardine

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St Joseph Oriol (March 23) sought obscurity and self-abnegation but ended up being celebrated throughout Barcelona

The carpenter who kept hundreds of fugitive Catholics alive

Coughton Court, where St Nicholas built a priest hole

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St Nicholas Owen (March 22) was tortured horribly but did not give up any compromising information

The fourth century’s most holy family

St Gregory at first resisted the call to religion

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St Gregory of Nyssa (March 9) had nine siblings, and four of them have been declared saints