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

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

St Juan Diego (December 9)

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

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

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

The monk who defied a synod of bishops

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

St Edmund Rich served as treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral, above

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

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

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

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

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 Tower of London (Photo: PA)

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

St Francis Borgia Helping a Dying Impenitent by Francisco Goya

The Borgia who became a Jesuit in secret

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

Tintoretto’s painting of the ascetic and acerbic St Jerome

St Jerome (September 30) had a penchant for sarcasm that created enemies