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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

The saint who flew ‘like a bird’ into a church roof

St Christina embraced extreme destitution

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St Christina the Astonishing (July 24) had been taken for dead but sat up in her coffin in the middle of a Requiem Mass

The Roman aristocrat who went from riches to rags

An icon of Arsenius

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St Arsenius (July 19) became one of the leading Desert Fathers

The Sister who saw in a vision her own heart made of steel

St Veronica Giuliani

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St Veronica Giuliani (July 9) received well-attested imprints of the stigmata

The girl who was murdered at the age of 11

St Maria Goretti desperately fought off her attacker, Alessandro Serenelli

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St Maria Goretti (July 6) died while resisting a rape. Her murderer later repented and had a vision of the Virgin Mary

The 17th-century martyr whose corpse was found in the 1920s

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St John Southworth (June 28) was arrested five times before he was eventually hanged

The princess who forswore sleep in order to pass her nights in prayer

A statue of St Etheldreda

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St Etheldreda (June 23) helped establish religious life as an acceptable vocation for ex-queens and princesses in England

The early preacher to the Gentiles nicknamed ‘Jupiter’

A detail from St Barnabas Curing the Poor by Paolo Veronese

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St Barnabas (June 11) was a crucial figure in the early history of Christianity, who preached to the Gentiles together with St Paul

The priest whose asceticism killed three disciples

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St Norbert (June 6) grew up cocooned in privilege and luxury