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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

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

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

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

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

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

Christ with Martha and Mary by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1886

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

St Christina embraced extreme destitution

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