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Saint Of The Week

The lady so ascetic she never took a bath unless she was dangerously ill

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St Paula (January 5), a woman of high birth, indulged in every luxury until she became a widow at 32

The holy monk whose dead body radiated white light

St Charbel Makhlouf

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St Charbel Makhlouf (December 24) lived a life of holiness in obscurity

The widow who was cautioned by a saint for being too generous

St Olympias clung to the feet of St John Chrysostom in their last meeting before his banishment

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St Olympias (December 17), a widow with an immense fortune, became a devoted disciple of St John Chrysostom

The saint formerly known as ‘Talking Eagle’

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St Juan Diego (December 9)

The great Jesuit missionary who taught the Christian faith through jingles

A detail from the Miracle of St Francis Xavier by Peter Paul Rubens

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St Francis Xavier (December 3), one of the most remarkable travellers in history, was perceptive about the cruelties of colonialism

The monk who defied a synod of bishops

St Columban’s Rule was less precise but much stricter than St Benedict’s

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St Columban (November 23) left a great monastic academy in Ireland to restore learning and religion to Gaul

The scholar so committed to poverty he threw money out of the window

St Edmund Rich served as treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral, above

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St Edmund Rich (November 16) had trouble, though, as Archbishop of Canterbury

The Austrian ruler who used his power to advance peace and virtue

Leopold’s wife dropped a veil on the site that became Klosterneuburg Abbey

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St Leopold of Austria (November 15) was accorded the title Leopold the Good by his people and reigned for 40 years

The saint whose death was followed by five centuries of oblivion

The Church of St Leonard in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat is a UNESCO  World Heritage Site. The town is named after the Frankish saint

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St Leonard (November 6) began to gain renown in the 12th century after a prince attributed his release from a Muslim prison to the saint’s intercession

The aristocrat who died in the Tower after his wife inspired him to become a Catholic

The Tower of London (Photo: PA)

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St Philip Howard (October 19) wrote spiritual works while he was imprisoned