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The Franciscan who used songs, games and dance to spread the Gospel

St Peter of St Joseph Betancurt

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St Peter of St Joseph Betancurt (April 25), born in Tenerife, ministered to the poor in Guatemala City

The Lourdes visionary who expected to be boiled on a grill in Purgatory

St Bernadette grew up uneducated, undernourished, and asthmatic

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St Bernadette (April 16) grew up in the direst extremes of poverty

The rich, handsome marquess who dedicated herself to the poor

San Anastasia church in Verona, the city where St Magdalen served the poor

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St Magdalen of Canossa (April 10)

The saint who believed he was ‘a plague-spot in soul and body’

His sermons dwelled on the gloomier aspects of the faith

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St Vincent Ferrer (April 5) believed that Jews should be rooted out of Spain. His anti-Semitic sermons sparked riots that killed thousands

The priest who saw no need for a bed

A statue of St Joseph, who lived on bread, water and the odd sardine

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St Joseph Oriol (March 23) sought obscurity and self-abnegation but ended up being celebrated throughout Barcelona

The carpenter who kept hundreds of fugitive Catholics alive

Coughton Court, where St Nicholas built a priest hole

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St Nicholas Owen (March 22) was tortured horribly but did not give up any compromising information

The fourth century’s most holy family

St Gregory at first resisted the call to religion

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St Gregory of Nyssa (March 9) had nine siblings, and four of them have been declared saints

How religious ecstasy and a narrow escape from death led to a life devoted to the sick

St John was carted off to the local asylum after experiencing religious ecstasy

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St John of God, March 8

The strict Passionist once known as ‘the dancer’

As a young man St Gabriel loved dolling himself up for parties

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St Gabriel Possenti (February 27)

The painter who would not pick up a brush without first saying a prayer

A painting believed to be a self-portrait by the Fra Angelico

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Fra Angelico (February 18) believed it was impossible to create a Christian image without living a Christian life