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A statue of St Etheldreda

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

A detail from St Barnabas Curing the Poor by Paolo Veronese

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

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

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

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

Rochester cathedral, where St William’s cult flourished

The baker murdered by his apprentice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St Benedict Menni founded 17 psychiatric hospitals in Spain

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

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