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A perpetual pilgrim who abandoned himself to the life of a derelict

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St Benoît-Joseph Labre (April 16) has been called the representative of those who in the name of Christ refuse to be respectable

The bishop hacked to death by his own king

The tomb of St Stanislaus in Wawel Cathedral, Kraków

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St Stanislaus (April 11)

The patron saint of footballers who worked tirelessly for the poor

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St Luigi Scrosoppi (April 3) founded the Sisters of Providence, opening 12 houses before he died

The abbot who believed that guilt and fear were essential for spiritual growth

An icon depicting the Ladder of Divine Ascent of St John Climacus

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St John Climacus (March 30) wrote The Ladder of Divine Ascent, one of the most important devotional texts of the Middle Ages

The hermit who prayed in the freezing Celtic sea

Lindisfarne, where St Cuthbert served as prior

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St Cuthbert (March 20) was an examplar of a less triumphal, more inward form of religion than that represented by St Wilfrid, the pope’s henchman

‘Your convent will be the sick room’

St Louise de Marillac accepted the great sacrifice of matrimony

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St Louise de Marillac (March 15) founded the Daughters of Charity under the guidance of St Vincent de Paul

The nun praised by Henry VIII as a ‘diligent bee’

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St Colette (March 6) believed the most direct path to heaven was that of suffering patiently endured

The Patriarch who did not allow servants to wait on him

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St Tarasius (February 18) was a humble and sensible man appointed as Patriarch of Constantinople to resolve the Iconoclast controversy

St Polycarp, a martyr at the age of 86

St Polycarp was killed by the sword after refusing to deny Christ

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St Polycarp (February 23), instructed by the Apostles, served as Bishop of Smyrna for 50 years and died during persecution

The Jesuit who fostered devotion to the Sacred Heart

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St Claude de La Colombière (February 15) had the misfortune of being in London at the time of the alleged Popish Plot