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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

The priest who changed the way we treat the mentally ill

St Benedict Menni founded 17 psychiatric hospitals in Spain

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St Benedict Menni (April 24) gave his life to outcasts in an era of anti-clericalism

A perpetual pilgrim who abandoned himself to the life of a derelict

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St Benoît-Joseph Labre (April 16) has been called the representative of those who in the name of Christ refuse to be respectable

The bishop hacked to death by his own king

The tomb of St Stanislaus in Wawel Cathedral, Kraków

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St Stanislaus (April 11)

The patron saint of footballers who worked tirelessly for the poor

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St Luigi Scrosoppi (April 3) founded the Sisters of Providence, opening 12 houses before he died

The abbot who believed that guilt and fear were essential for spiritual growth

An icon depicting the Ladder of Divine Ascent of St John Climacus

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St John Climacus (March 30) wrote The Ladder of Divine Ascent, one of the most important devotional texts of the Middle Ages

The hermit who prayed in the freezing Celtic sea

Lindisfarne, where St Cuthbert served as prior

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St Cuthbert (March 20) was an examplar of a less triumphal, more inward form of religion than that represented by St Wilfrid, the pope’s henchman

‘Your convent will be the sick room’

St Louise de Marillac accepted the great sacrifice of matrimony

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St Louise de Marillac (March 15) founded the Daughters of Charity under the guidance of St Vincent de Paul

The nun praised by Henry VIII as a ‘diligent bee’

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St Colette (March 6) believed the most direct path to heaven was that of suffering patiently endured