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Topic: Saint of the week

The priest who captured the smugness of Gnosticism

St Irenaeus (June 28)

The Briton martyred under the Romans who converted his executioner

St Alban (June 20)

The king who fostered a Benedictine revival

St Edgar, June 8, gained the reputation of presiding over a golden age of peace and plenty in Anglo-Saxon England

The son of a Welsh king who became a hermit by a stream

The relics of St Petroc (June 4) have been stolen and returned twice

The Sister who worked tirelessly to build ‘an ever more human world’

St Urszula Ledóchowska (May 29)

The Scottish king who spent his last hours reciting the psalms

St David of Scotland (May 24)

The 13th-century Carmelite believed to have lived for more than 100 years

St Simon Stock (May 16)

The Carthusian monk hung, drawn and quartered for refusing to accept Henry VIII as head of the Church

St Robert Lawrence (May 4)

The dedicated missionary clubbed to death on a Pacific island

St Pierre Chanel (April 28) had his heart set on missionary work abroad since the age of 14

The Franciscan who used songs, games and dance to spread the Gospel

St Peter of St Joseph Betancurt (April 25), born in Tenerife, ministered to the poor in Guatemala City