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St Catherine of Sienna, Virgin

  St Catherine was the next to youngest of a family of twenty five children. From a very early age Catherine experienced visions and was able to see guardian angels as clearly as the people they guarded. She had may visions throughout her life, especially of Our Blessed Lord and His holy Mother. She joined the Dominican order and lived a life of extreme mortification, once fasting from Ash Wednesday to Ascension Thursday, living only on the

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St Torpes, Martyr

At Pisa in Tuscany, the martyr St. Torpes, who filled a high office in the court of Nero, and was one of those of whom the apostle wrote from Rome to the Philippians: "All the saints salute you, especially those that are of the house of Caesar." For the faith of Christ, he was, by order of Satellicus, beaten, cruelly scourged, and delivered to the beasts to be devoured, but remained uninjured. He completed his martyrdom by being beheaded in AD 65.

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St Paul of the Cross, Priest and Confessor

He was born at Ovada in Liguria. As a young man he helped his father, who was a merchant. He aspired to a perfect life, abandoned all his possessions and started to live in the service of the poor and sick. He gathered companions to help him in the task. He became a priest and worked more and more for the salvation of souls. He set up houses for his congregation and devoted himself to apostolic labours. He inflicted harsh penances on himself. He

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Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church

He was born in Nijmegen (now in Holland) in 1521. He studied at Cologne and joined the Society of Jesus: he was ordained priest in 1546. He was sent to Germany, where for many years he worked hard to defend and strengthen the Catholic faith both by writing and by preaching. He wrote many books, of which The Catechism is particularly noteworthy. He died at Fribourg in Switzerland on 21 November 1597.      

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St. Cletus, Pope

St. Cletus was the third bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West. He sat twelve years, from 76 to 89. The canon of the Roman mass, (which Bossuet and all others agree to be of primitive antiquity,) Bede, and other Martyrologists, style him a martyr. He was buried near St. Linus, on the Vatican, and his relics still remain in that church.

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