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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 was killed by the sword after refusing to deny Christ

St Polycarp, a martyr at the age of 86

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

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

The Abbey Church of St Andrew, Sempringham

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

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

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

St François de Sales, the patron saint of journalists

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

St Anthony, painted by Fra Angelico in 1436

The hermit who lived for 15 years in a tomb

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

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

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

The Stoning of St Stephen by Paolo Uccello

St Stephen, the first Christian martyr

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

The Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos

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