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

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

St Charles Borromeo was a patron of the composer Palestrina

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

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

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

St Richard returned to the Church after he was attacked by crows (PA photo)

St Richard Gwyn (October 17) was imprisoned for four years, put in stocks, and disemboweled for his faith

St Daniel was an expert in Central African dialects

St Daniel Comboni (October 10) inspired new European attitudes to Africans

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

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

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

The saint who threw Satan out of heaven

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

Canterbury, where St Theodore founded a hugely influential school

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 ruins of the cathedral at Clonmacnoise

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

Gentile Bellini depicts St Laurence in this painting from 1465

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