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Topic: Saint of the week

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

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’

St Juan Diego (December 9)

The great Jesuit missionary who taught the Christian faith through jingles

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

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

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

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

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

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’

The great Church scholar who lived in a cave for 32 years

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