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Tintoretto’s painting of the ascetic and acerbic St Jerome

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

The body of Padre Pio lies in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo  (AP)

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

The remains of St Ninian’s priory in Whithorn

St Ninian (September 16)

St John Chrysostom only became a priest at the age of 40

St John Chrysostom (September 13)

The ruins of St Bertin’s Abbey, rebuilt in the 13th century

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

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

St Clare’s relatives literally tried to drag her away from her religious vocation

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

John’s book Collationes gave the Italians their word for breakfast

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

Vladimir reportedly took part in human sacrifices before his conversion

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

St Veronica painted by Hans Memling (1430–1494)

St Veronica (July 12)