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Saint Of The Week

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

The Maid of Orleans who tried to rescue France

A statue of Joan of Arc in Paris (Photo: Press Association)

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After being captured by the English, Joan of Arc suffered more from being denied the sacraments than from physical privations

The baker murdered by his apprentice

Rochester cathedral, where St William’s cult flourished

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St William of Perth (May 23) had taken in an abandoned child and taught him the arts of bakery

The monk who softened St Augustine’s teaching on grace

The fortress on Île Saint-Honorat, where St Vincent became a monk

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St Vincent de Lérins (May 14) tried to find a middle way between Augustine and the Pelagians

The priest who saved boys from a life of crime and girls from prostitution

The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception flourished in Genoa          (PA)

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St Agostino Roscelli (May 7) insisted he was merely a ‘poor priest’. John Paul II thought otherwise

The holy pope who lived on vegetable broth and crayfish

Pope St Pius V set up interest-free loan banks for the poor

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St Pius V (April 30), who excommunicated Queen Elizabeth, continued to live as a monk even after he became pope