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The aristocrat who died in the Tower after his wife inspired him to become a Catholic

The Tower of London (Photo: PA)

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St Philip Howard (October 19) wrote spiritual works while he was imprisoned

The Borgia who became a Jesuit in secret

St Francis Borgia Helping a Dying Impenitent by Francisco Goya

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St Francis Borgia (October 10), cousin of Emperor Charles V, became known as the Jesuits’ ‘second founder’

The great Church scholar who lived in a cave for 32 years

Tintoretto’s painting of the ascetic and acerbic St Jerome

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St Jerome (September 30) had a penchant for sarcasm that created enemies

The friar whose hands and side bled for 50 years

The body of Padre Pio lies in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo  (AP)

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St Pio of Pietrelcina (September 23) decided to be a Capuchin friar at the age of 10

The saint who brought Christianity north of Hadrian’s wall

The remains of St Ninian’s priory in Whithorn

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St Ninian (September 16)

The ‘golden-mouthed’ preacher exiled by an Empress twice

St John Chrysostom only became a priest at the age of 40

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St John Chrysostom (September 13)

The monk who converted a tribe of pagans in modern-day Belgium

The ruins of St Bertin’s Abbey, rebuilt in the 13th century

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St Bertin (September 5) became abbot of a flourishing monastery with some 150 monks under his rule

The French king who sought to protect the weak from the strong

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St Louis (August 25) was jovial in company but gave himself up to prayer and fasting in private

St Pius X: the son of a village postman who urged modernists to be ‘beaten with fists’

‘A man of God who knew the unhappiness of the world’

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St Pius X (August 21) had a saintliness that no one who knew him doubted

The teenager who ran away from home to join St Francis

St Clare’s relatives literally tried to drag her away from her religious vocation

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St Clare (August 11) founded the Order of Poor Ladies, now known as the Poor Clares