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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

St Paulinus, the ‘awe-inspiring’ priest who helped convert an English king

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St Paulinus of York (October 10) was sent to England by Pope Gregory in 1601

The French ecclesiastic who met a barbaric end

Fécamp Abbey, where St Leger spent his final days

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St Leger (October 2) was fatally drawn into the power struggles of Merovingian France

‘We have heard that the English wish to be converted’

Canterbury, where Honorius died

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St Homorius (September 30), the fifth Archbishop of Canterbury, was a key figure in the establishment of Christianity in England

The saint who only slept three hours a night

St Alphonsus was born in the province of Toledo, above

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The Virgin Mary appeared in a dream and said just one word to Alphonsus de Orozco (1500-1591): “Write” 

The pope who allowed backsliders back into the fold

Civitavecchia, where St Cornelius was imprisoned

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St Cornelius, pope from 251 to 253, was martyred by Emperor Gallus

St Omer, September 9, patron of the blind

Modern-day St Omer

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A town named after St Omer, in the Pas-de-Calais, played a crucial role in educating English Catholics

The Lancashire priest executed for his zeal

St Edmund’s remains were displayed on Lancaster Castle

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St Edmund Arrowsmith (August 28) was hanged, drawn and quartered and his head set upon a pike