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Topic: Saint of the week

The Lourdes visionary who expected to be boiled on a grill in Purgatory

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

The rich, handsome marquess who dedicated herself to the poor

St Magdalen of Canossa (April 10)

The saint who believed he was ‘a plague-spot in soul and body’

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

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

The carpenter who kept hundreds of fugitive Catholics alive

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

The fourth century’s most holy family

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

How religious ecstasy and a narrow escape from death led to a life devoted to the sick

St John of God, March 8

The strict Passionist once known as ‘the dancer’

St Gabriel Possenti (February 27)

The painter who would not pick up a brush without first saying a prayer

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

The pope who told an emperor his mind was coarse

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