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St Bernadette grew up uneducated, undernourished, and asthmatic

St Bernadette (April 16) grew up in the direst extremes of poverty

San Anastasia church in Verona, the city where St Magdalen served the poor

St Magdalen of Canossa (April 10)

His sermons dwelled on the gloomier aspects of the faith

St Vincent Ferrer (April 5) believed that Jews should be rooted out of Spain. His anti-Semitic sermons sparked riots that killed thousands

A statue of St Joseph, who lived on bread, water and the odd sardine

The priest who saw no need for a bed

St Joseph Oriol (March 23) sought obscurity and self-abnegation but ended up being celebrated throughout Barcelona

Coughton Court, where St Nicholas built a priest hole

St Nicholas Owen (March 22) was tortured horribly but did not give up any compromising information

St Gregory at first resisted the call to religion

The fourth century’s most holy family

St Gregory of Nyssa (March 9) had nine siblings, and four of them have been declared saints

St John was carted off to the local asylum after experiencing religious ecstasy
As a young man St Gabriel loved dolling himself up for parties

St Gabriel Possenti (February 27)

A painting believed to be a self-portrait by the Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico (February 18) believed it was impossible to create a Christian image without living a Christian life

St Gregory told the Byzantine Emperor that his mind was ‘coarse’

St Gregory II (February 11) was a treasurer, librarian and theological adviser before becoming pope