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The cathedral in Cuena, the Ecuadorian city where St Miguel was born

St Miguel Cordero (February 9), born with crippled legs, wrote his country’s standard Spanish grammar textbook aged 19

St Thomas was capable of dictating to four secretaries at the same time

St Thomas Aquinas (January 28) was an unrivalled theologian who used scientific rationalism to support the doctrines of Christian faith and revelation

The cult of St Fursey grew after he was buried in Péronne, above

St Fursey (January 16) helped advance Christianity in East Anglia and northern France

St Genevieve’s leg was amputated in her own home without anaesthetic    CNS

St Genevieve Torres Morales (January 5) was told she could not join the Carmelites because of a handicap

The Church of the Gesù, where St Gaspar prayed to St Francis Xavier

St Gaspar del Bufalo (December 28)

A stained-glass window depicting St Francesca  (Photo: CNS)

St Francesca Cabrini (December 22) became the first American to be canonised in 1946

Standing on top of a pillar all day left St Daniel with foul-smelling feet

St Daniel the Stylite (December 11) was told that monastic discipline would be beyond him