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Topic: Saint of the week

The brilliant Ecuadorian teacher who was too modest for Paris

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

The ‘dumb ox’ who became the greatest of the medieval Doctors of the Church

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

The monk who was burned by a demon in his sleep

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

The saint who warned against the shark of self-love

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

The priest whose preaching was like a ‘spiritual earthquake’

St Gaspar del Bufalo (December 28)

The frail but tireless Sister who worked in the slums of New York

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

The hermit who lived on a pillar for 33 years

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