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The saint who warned against the shark of self-love

St Genevieve’s leg was amputated in her own home without anaesthetic    CNS

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St Genevieve Torres Morales (January 5) was told she could not join the Carmelites because of a handicap

The priest whose preaching was like a ‘spiritual earthquake’

The Church of the Gesù, where St Gaspar prayed to St Francis Xavier

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St Gaspar del Bufalo (December 28)

The frail but tireless Sister who worked in the slums of New York

A stained-glass window depicting St Francesca  (Photo: CNS)

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St Francesca Cabrini (December 22) became the first American to be canonised in 1946

The hermit who lived on a pillar for 33 years

Standing on top of a pillar all day left St Daniel with foul-smelling feet

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St Daniel the Stylite (December 11) was told that monastic discipline would be beyond him

The chaplain to William the Conqueror who established the Sarum Rite

Salisbury, where St Osmund was a humble and orthodox bishop

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St Osmund of Salisbury (December 4) was ‘praised for his wisdom and holiness’

Apostle Andrew, the first to be called

A fourth-century painting of St Andrew in the Catacombs of St Thecla in Rome

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St Andrew (November 30) preached in the Ukraine, Turkey and Greece

The bishop who charmed kings and ate with lepers

St Hugh observes St Bruno adoring the Virgin and Child

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St Hugh of Lincoln (November 17) travelled around his diocese defending the poor and needy against the powerful and insolent

The pope who persuaded Attila the Hun to spare Rome

St Leo held that the devil reigned in every challenge to orthodoxy

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St Leo the Great (November 10) vigorously sought to maintain the unity of the Church

The wealthy boy who dreamed of escaping luxury

St Charles Borromeo was a patron of the composer Palestrina

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St Charles Borromeo (November 4) as Archbishop of Milan was hugely influential at the Council of Trent

The friar who led an army against the Turks

A painting of the Siege of Belgrade, featuring St John holding a cross

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St John of Capestrano (October 23) was approaching 70 when he plunged into battle