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Topic: Saint of the week

The friar whose hands and side bled for 50 years

St Pio of Pietrelcina (September 23) decided to be a Capuchin friar at the age of 10

The saint who brought Christianity north of Hadrian’s wall

St Ninian (September 16)

The ‘golden-mouthed’ preacher exiled by an Empress twice

St John Chrysostom (September 13)

The monk who converted a tribe of pagans in modern-day Belgium

St Bertin (September 5) became abbot of a flourishing monastery with some 150 monks under his rule

The French king who sought to protect the weak from the strong

St Louis (August 25) was jovial in company but gave himself up to prayer and fasting in private

The teenager who ran away from home to join St Francis

St Clare (August 11) founded the Order of Poor Ladies, now known as the Poor Clares

The saint whose guide on virtue was read every day by monks in the Middle Ages

St John Cassian (July 23) fell out of favour in the 16th century

The pagan prince who gave up 800 concubines after converting to Christianity

St Vladimir (July 15) was transformed from a promiscuous thug into an outstanding moral exemplar

The woman who wiped the face of Christ on the way to Calvary

St Veronica (July 12)

The saint who refused point blank to accept the Resurrection

St Thomas the Apostle (July 3)