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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

The pope who told an emperor his mind was coarse

St Gregory told the Byzantine Emperor that his mind was ‘coarse’

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St Gregory II (February 11) was a treasurer, librarian and theological adviser before becoming pope

The brilliant Ecuadorian teacher who was too modest for Paris

The cathedral in Cuena, the Ecuadorian city where St Miguel was born

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St Miguel Cordero (February 9), born with crippled legs, wrote his country’s standard Spanish grammar textbook aged 19

The ‘dumb ox’ who became the greatest of the medieval Doctors of the Church

St Thomas was capable of dictating to four secretaries at the same time

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St Thomas Aquinas (January 28) was an unrivalled theologian who used scientific rationalism to support the doctrines of Christian faith and revelation

The monk who was burned by a demon in his sleep

The cult of St Fursey grew after he was buried in Péronne, above

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St Fursey (January 16) helped advance Christianity in East Anglia and northern France

The saint who warned against the shark of self-love

St Genevieve’s leg was amputated in her own home without anaesthetic    CNS

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St Genevieve Torres Morales (January 5) was told she could not join the Carmelites because of a handicap

The priest whose preaching was like a ‘spiritual earthquake’

The Church of the Gesù, where St Gaspar prayed to St Francis Xavier

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St Gaspar del Bufalo (December 28)

The frail but tireless Sister who worked in the slums of New York

A stained-glass window depicting St Francesca  (Photo: CNS)

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St Francesca Cabrini (December 22) became the first American to be canonised in 1946