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The saint whose guide on virtue was read every day by monks in the Middle Ages

John’s book Collationes gave the Italians their word for breakfast

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St John Cassian (July 23) fell out of favour in the 16th century

The pagan prince who gave up 800 concubines after converting to Christianity

Vladimir reportedly took part in human sacrifices before his conversion

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St Vladimir (July 15) was transformed from a promiscuous thug into an outstanding moral exemplar

The woman who wiped the face of Christ on the way to Calvary

St Veronica painted by Hans Memling (1430–1494)

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St Veronica (July 12)

The saint who refused point blank to accept the Resurrection

The Incredulity of St Thomas by Benjamin West (1738-1820)

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St Thomas the Apostle (July 3)

The priest who captured the smugness of Gnosticism

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St Irenaeus (June 28)

The Briton martyred under the Romans who converted his executioner

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St Alban (June 20)

The king who fostered a Benedictine revival

With Edgar behind him Oswald was able to revive Pershore Abbey, above

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St Edgar, June 8, gained the reputation of presiding over a golden age of peace and plenty in Anglo-Saxon England

The son of a Welsh king who became a hermit by a stream

A stained-glass window in Truro Cathedral depicts St Petroc

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The relics of St Petroc (June 4) have been stolen and returned twice

The Sister who worked tirelessly to build ‘an ever more human world’

St Urszula entered the Ursuline convent in Kraków (PA)

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St Urszula Ledóchowska (May 29)

The Scottish king who spent his last hours reciting the psalms

St David built an abbey for Augustinian canons at Holyrood, above

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St David of Scotland (May 24)