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The Borgia who became a Jesuit in secret

St Francis Borgia Helping a Dying Impenitent by Francisco Goya

Saint of the week

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

Daily readings: October 7 – 13

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Book of Genesis proclaims the equality of the sexes

A painting of Adam and Eve by Peter Wenzel in the Pinacoteca at the Vatican Museums (CNS)

The word this week

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Gn 2:18-24; Ps 128; Heb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16

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

Tintoretto’s painting of the ascetic and acerbic St Jerome

Saint of the week

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

Daily readings: September 30 – October 6

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

What truly matters is the love that is found in even the smallest of gestures

The word this week

Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year: Nb 11:25-29; Ps 19; Jm 5:1-6; Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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)

Saint of the week

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

Daily readings: September 23 – 29

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

A life of virtue cannot be simply ignored. It must be either embraced or violently rejected

The word this week

Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year: Wis 2:12, 17-20; Ps 54; Jas 3:16-4:1-3; Mk 9:30-37

The saint who brought Christianity north of Hadrian’s wall

The remains of St Ninian’s priory in Whithorn

Saint of the week

St Ninian (September 16)