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The saint who grew up in poverty and saw the Virgin Mary

St Bernadette grew up uneducated, undernourished and asthmatic

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St Bernadette (April 16) lived a humble life of deep Catholic devotion

The saint who showed a revolutionary fervour for educating the poor

Relics of St Jean-Baptiste de La Salle in the chapel of the Generalate of his order in Rome

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Jean-Baptiste de la Salle (April 7) was the founder of the Institute for the Brothers of the Christian Schools

The saint who wrote The Ladder of Divine Ascent

A detail from an icon depicting the Ladder of St John Climacus

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St John of Climacus (March 20) was responsible for one of the most important devotional texts of the Middle Ages

The bishop who converted East Anglia

East Anglia

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St Felix (March 8) reaped a ‘rich harvest of believers’, according to Bede

The saint who would interrupt Mass with a public confession of her wickedness

St Margaret of Cortona hired a woman to lead her around Montepulciano 
with a rope around her neck, crying out: ‘Look at Margaret, the sinner’

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St Margaret of Cortona (February 22) lived as a mistress to a nobleman for nine years

The hermit who informed an English king that he would soon die

Forde Abbey, near Chard, in Somerset, where the Abbot John wrote a memoir of St Wulfric

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St Wulfric’s (February 20) reputation for prophecy and miracles earned him visits from royalty

The former child slave who served as a Sister for 50 years

St Josephine was treated as a slave for years, but insisted: ‘My life is good’

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St Josephine Bakhita (February 8) said if she met her torturers she would kiss their hands for helping her to find Christ

The hermit who lived with snakes

A statue of St Verdiana in a convent in Montaione, Italy

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St Verdiana (February 1) gave away all her uncle’s beans to the poor

The persecutor of Christians whose life was changed by a vision

The Church celebrates the conversion of St Paul on January 25

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St Paul (January 25) made havoc for the Church until his journey to Damascus

The priest who turned a dilapidated old pub into a seminary amid persecution from Bismarck

St Arnold Janssen refused ever to worry about money  (Photo: CNS)

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St Arnold Janssen (January 15) has inspired thousands of missionaries