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The Patriarch who did not allow servants to wait on him

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St Tarasius (February 18) was a humble and sensible man appointed as Patriarch of Constantinople to resolve the Iconoclast controversy

St Polycarp, a martyr at the age of 86

St Polycarp was killed by the sword after refusing to deny Christ

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St Polycarp (February 23), instructed by the Apostles, served as Bishop of Smyrna for 50 years and died during persecution

The Jesuit who fostered devotion to the Sacred Heart

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St Claude de La Colombière (February 15) had the misfortune of being in London at the time of the alleged Popish Plot

The Englishman whose order numbered 2,000 religious when he died at 106

The Abbey Church of St Andrew, Sempringham

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Gilbert of Sempringham (c 1083-1189) founded the only distinctively English medieval religious order

The missionary who said he would die for China ‘a thousand times over’

St Joseph Freinademetz: ‘I want to be Chinese in heaven’

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St Joseph Freinademetz (January 28) fell in love with China despite working in dangerous and hostile conditions

The saint who gave advice on dancing and flirting

St François de Sales, the patron saint of journalists

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St François de Sales (January 24) said he did not necessarily disapprove of ‘games, balls and pageants’

The hermit who lived for 15 years in a tomb

St Anthony, painted by Fra Angelico in 1436

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St Anthony of Egypt (January 17) inspired a new ideal by seeking spiritual growth in the desert

The nobleman who bore paralysis with great cheerfulness

St Benedict was entranced by the monks at Lérins, on the island of St Honorat, near Cannes

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St Benedict Biscop (January 12) travelled extensively, and was thus able to introduce the practices of Roman and Frankish Christianity into Northumberland

St Stephen, the first Christian martyr

The Stoning of St Stephen by Paolo Uccello

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St Stephen (December 26) was hauled up before a Jewish court for rejecting sacrificial worship

The Spanish abbot who liberated Christian slaves

The Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos

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St Dominic of Silos (December 20) is an example of the remarkable possibilities open to low-born talent in the medieval Church