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A formidable English bishop who rooted out corruption

Hereford, where St Thomas served as bishop (David Davies/PA)

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St Thomas of Hereford (October 2) was canonised only 20 years after his death after some 500 miracles had been attributed to his intercession

The saint who threw Satan out of heaven

A giant statue of St Michael in Mexico City (CNS photo/Greg Tarczynski)

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St Michael the Archangel (September 29) provides aid in the spiritual struggle fought in every human soul

The archbishop who helped restore faith to England after a plague

Canterbury, where St Theodore founded a hugely influential school

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St Theodore of Tarsus (September 19) probably never gave England a thought before the age of 66. But English civilisation owes him a great debt

The saint who dreamed of a tree stretching across Ireland

The ruins of the cathedral at Clonmacnoise

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St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise (September 9) founded a monastery attracting recruits from all over Europe

The Patriarch whose fervour worried his mother

Gentile Bellini depicts St Laurence in this painting from 1465

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St Laurence Giustiniani (September 5) was born an aristocrat but became renowned for his extreme asceticism

A singularly beneficent power in a period without orthodox medicine

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St Giles (September 1) is the patron saint of smithies

The vain young girl who became a hero for Catholic women

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St Maria de Mattias (August 20) masterminded the creation of more than fifty Precious Blood schools

The 80-year-old woman who discovered the Cross upon which Jesus was crucified

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St Helena (August 18), the mother of Constantine, became celebrated for her charity to the poor and to prisoners

The generous Christian king who prayed all night

It is likely that Oswald was baptised on the island of Iona

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St Oswald (August 5) was praised by the Venerable Bede as ‘a man beloved of God’

The saint who saw Jesus as a guest who needed to eat

Christ with Martha and Mary by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1886

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St Martha (July 29) perhaps put too much emphasis on the virtues of hospitality