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The great Jesuit missionary who taught the Christian faith through jingles

A detail from the Miracle of St Francis Xavier by Peter Paul Rubens

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St Francis Xavier (December 3), one of the most remarkable travellers in history, was perceptive about the cruelties of colonialism

The monk who defied a synod of bishops

St Columban’s Rule was less precise but much stricter than St Benedict’s

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St Columban (November 23) left a great monastic academy in Ireland to restore learning and religion to Gaul

The scholar so committed to poverty he threw money out of the window

St Edmund Rich served as treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral, above

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St Edmund Rich (November 16) had trouble, though, as Archbishop of Canterbury

The Austrian ruler who used his power to advance peace and virtue

Leopold’s wife dropped a veil on the site that became Klosterneuburg Abbey

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St Leopold of Austria (November 15) was accorded the title Leopold the Good by his people and reigned for 40 years

The saint whose death was followed by five centuries of oblivion

The Church of St Leonard in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat is a UNESCO  World Heritage Site. The town is named after the Frankish saint

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St Leonard (November 6) began to gain renown in the 12th century after a prince attributed his release from a Muslim prison to the saint’s intercession

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)