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People pray at a memorial in Hiroshima (CNS)

The martyrdom of Blessed Louis challenges us to go out and try to convert people to the faith

A painting of St Philip Neri

The heart of St Philip’s apostolate is beating strong half a millennium after his birth

A detail from St Margaret and the Dragon by Titian

Today is the feast day of the patron saint of pregnant mothers and women in childbirth

A detail from The Crucifixion of St Peter by Caravaggio

The good example set by the two great saints must never be underestimated

A painting of St Philip Neri

Today is the feast day of St Philip Neri, a priest who gave spiritual direction in unconventional ways

Pope Francis reaches for a poster of Mother Teresa as he is driven through the crowd, in Tirana, Albania during his visit in 2014  (PA)

A spokesman has said the reported date of September 4 for the canonisation is only hypothetical

Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin

Rejoice in this saintly couple

Ahead of the October synod, the relics of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin are visiting English dioceses. Many hope that their holy marriage will inspire Catholic families

A statue of Brendan of Clonfert

The saint who sailed off on a quest for ‘the Land of Promise’

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin were a shining example to their renowned daughter and still inspire Catholics today

The banners of new Ss John Paul II and John XXIII hang from the facade of St Peter's Basilica as Pope Francis begins his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

In an age when Christians are once again being persecuted, interest in the English martyrs is on the rise. The saint-making Pope Francis could be the one to canonise them