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Saint Of The Week

The saint who distributed small gifts

Elizabeth of Aragon, painted by Francisco de Zurbarán

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St Elizabeth of Portugal (July 4) is buried in a magnificent Gothic sarcophagus in the Convent of Santa Clara in Coimbra

The saint who inspired a lace goods fair

St. Etheldreda’s Church in Holborn

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The relics of St Etheldreda (June 23) are kept in the church named after her in Ely

The saint who is venerated as the first English martyr

A 13th-century manuscript at Trinity College Library, Dublin, shows the executioner’s eyes falling out as he kills the saint

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St Alban (June 22) is venerated by Anglicans, Catholics and Orthodox Christians

The saint who chopped down a sacred oak

An image from the Fulda Sacramentary depicts the martyrdom of St Boniface

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St Boniface (June 5) was named after a fourth-century martyr from Tarsus in Syria

The saint who began the society that became the Oratory

A painting depicts St Philip Neri levitating while celebrating Mass

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St Philip Neri (May 25) was beatified in 1615 and canonised just seven years later

The saint who loved roses

A popular, early modern portrait of St Rita

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St Rita (May 22), along with St Jude, is known as the patron saint of impossible cases

The saint whose name was given to a famous railway station

Diocletian was initially impressed by St Pancras’s determination but then ordered his death

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St Pancras of Rome (May 12) is invoked against cramps, false witness, headaches and perjury,

The saint who declared Elizabeth I a heretic

Pius V arranged the forming of the Holy League

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Pope St Pius V (April 30) focused on restoring morality to Rome

The saint who was renowned for extreme fasting

A detail from The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine of Siena by Giovanni di Paolo

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St Catherine of Siena (April 29) attracted a group of followers by taking care of the ill and the poor

The saint who carried water to the Last Supper

A winged lion in a stained-glass window symbolises St Mark the Evangelist

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St Mark the Evangelist (April 25) is traditionally thought to be the interpreter of the Apostle Peter