St. Hedwig (1174-1243). Born in Bavaria, she married the Duke of Silesia by whom she had seven children (reason enough in itself for sainthood!). Her life was characterised by her devotion and kindness to the sick and the poor, for whom she built hostels (no N.H.S.). On the death of her husband, she retired to a monastery at Trebnitz, where she ended her life.
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Anselm (1033-1109). Born at Aosta in Piedmont, he entered the Benedictine Order in France where he taught theology. Went to England where he became Archbishop of Canterbury and fought strenuously for the freedom the Church, as a reault of which he was twice condemned to exile.
George, Patron Saint of England. There is evidence from the 4th century that St. George was venerated in Lydda in Palestine where a church was built in his honour.
Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1578-1622). Born there in Germany, he became a Capuchin, leading a hard life of penance, vigils and prayer. An indefatigable preacher, he was ordered to preach to the Swiss where he was pursued by heretics and eventually suffered martyrdom. Picture: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen with St. Joseph of Leonessa (Tiepolo, 1752-1758).