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The Spanish abbot who liberated Christian slaves

The Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos

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St Dominic of Silos (December 20) is an example of the remarkable possibilities open to low-born talent in the medieval Church

The saint who was tormented by her conscience

The duomo in Brescia, where St Maria tended to the sick

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St Maria di Rosa (December 15) founded the Handmaids of Charity and died at the age of 42, exhausted by her good works

The Doctor of the Church who was reluctant to be a bishop

The Doctor of the Church who was reluctant to be a bishop

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St Ambrose was reluctantly made a bishop, but embraced Christianity to become one of the most prominent ecclesiastics of his time

The martyr who gave up worldly fame for the scaffold

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St Ralph Sherwin (December 1)

The pope who warned Corinthians over their braggadocio

There is a tradition that Clement was a Roman consul

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St Clement of Rome (November 23) is traditionally classified as the fourth pope (90-100)

St Albert the Great, one of the best scientists of the Middle Ages

Cologne, where St Albert established his reputation

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St Albert the Great (November 15) recognised no division between science and theology

The priest whose preaching turned Piacenza upside down

A statue of St Andrew Avellino in Milan

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St Andrew Avellino (November 10) adopted an ecclesiastical tonsure as a young man to escape the temptations from women

The brother who ‘watched the door’ for 46 years

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St Alphonsus Rodriguez (October 30) began his life in prosperity – but then his world fell to pieces

St Cuthbert of Canterbury, reformer of the English Church

Canterbury, where Cuthbert served as archbishop

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In the eighth century St Cuthbert (October 26) held a synod to improve the moral condition of the English Church

‘I am God’s grain, and I am to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts’

A detail of an icon of the martyrdom of St Ignatius

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St Ignatius of Antioch (October 17) bears remarkable witness to the power of the faith in the early Church