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Saint Of The Week

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

The English martyr hanged at the age of 80

A portrait of St John Kemble

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St John Kemble (August 22), a much-loved Catholic priest whose execution was horribly botched

The king who stamped out paganism in Hungary

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St Stephen of Hungary (August 16) was humble, and worked for the poor – yet did not always turn the other cheek

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (August 9)

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (August 9)

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Edith Stein, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was killed in Auschwitz

The Benedictine monk who unified Britain’s monasteries

The Benedictine monk who unified Britain’s monasteries

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Aethelwold (c 904-984) was a great scholar and a ruthless propagator of monasticism in Britain