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St Joseph Freinademetz: ‘I want to be Chinese in heaven’

St Joseph Freinademetz (January 28) fell in love with China despite working in dangerous and hostile conditions

St François de Sales, the patron saint of journalists

St François de Sales (January 24) said he did not necessarily disapprove of ‘games, balls and pageants’

St Anthony, painted by Fra Angelico in 1436

The hermit who lived for 15 years in a tomb

St Anthony of Egypt (January 17) inspired a new ideal by seeking spiritual growth in the desert

St Benedict was entranced by the monks at Lérins, on the island of St Honorat, near Cannes

St Benedict Biscop (January 12) travelled extensively, and was thus able to introduce the practices of Roman and Frankish Christianity into Northumberland

The Stoning of St Stephen by Paolo Uccello

St Stephen, the first Christian martyr

St Stephen (December 26) was hauled up before a Jewish court for rejecting sacrificial worship

The Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos

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

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

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

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

St Ralph Sherwin (December 1)

There is a tradition that Clement was a Roman consul

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