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A group of Berbers - St Adrian was a member of the same ethnic group

St Adrian of Canterbury (January 9) travelled across Britain, teaching Christianity, art, literature and astronomy as he went

St Lucy holds her eyes in this painting by early Renaissance artist Francesco del Cossa

St Lucy (December 13), a martyr of the Diocletian persecution, was one of the most well-known saints in early modern England

St Peter revitalised a Church that had grown lazy in bringing the faith to people

St Peter Canisius (December 21) was one of the most important Jesuits of his time

An icon of St John of Damascus, who was a vigorous opponent of the iconoclasts

The saint known as the ‘golden speaker’

St John of Damascus (December 4) was declared a Doctor of the Church by Leo XIII in 1883

A detail from the Mystic Marriage of St Catherine of Alexandria and St Catherine of Siena by the Italian Renaissance painter of the Milanese school Ambrogio Bergognone

St Catherine of Alexandria (November 25) is also known as St Catherine of the Wheel

Dunfermline was once an important pilgrimage centre for devotees of St Margaret of Scotland

St Margaret of Scotland (November 16) was canonised in 1250 and her remains were moved to Dunfermline Abbey

A detail from St Martin and the Beggar (c 1597-99) by El Greco

The saint who became a soldier at 15

The shrine of St Martin of Tours (November 11) in western France became a stopping point on the road to Santiago de Compostela

A statue of St Willibrord at Echternach, in eastern Luxembourg, where the saint died

St Willibrord (November 7) is known as the Apostle to the Frisians

A stained-glass window depicts St Jude, the much-loved patron of lost causes

St Jude (October 28) is the patron saint of lost causes

Blessed John Paul II  (CNS)

Blessed John Paul II (October 22) played a decisive role at the Second Vatican Council