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

St Juan Diego (December 9)

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

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

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

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

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

Even on the scaffold, St Cuthbert Mayne (October 29) refused to endorse Queen Elizabeth’s ecclesiastical supremacy

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

St Francis Borgia (October 10), cousin of Emperor Charles V, became known as the Jesuits’ ‘second founder’