98% of people can't name each of these saints from an image! Can you?

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Saints perform miracles or do great things to show their Christian faith. While it is difficult to quantify the number of saints, some estimates are near 10,000. Lucky for you, we have researched 50 of the most popular. Can you name them all from their images? Most people can't, but let's see how good you are!

The patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick was born in Britain in 387. He was captured in a raiding party at the age of 14 and taken to Ireland, where he tended sheep. He escaped six years later and returned to Britain. After studying to become a priest, Patrick was sent back to Ireland to convert the pagan population to Christianity. Here, he used a three-leaf clover to explain the Holy Trinity and the gospel. Surprisingly, he has never been formally canonized!

The leader of all Angels, St. Michael is only mentioned in the bible a few times by name, specifically in Daniel, where he protects Daniel from the Lions, in the Epistle of St. Jude, and finally, in Revelations. He isn't technically a saint, since he is an angel, but he is referred to as St. Michael. Michael is the patron saint of police, soldiers, grocers, mariners and medical doctors.

St. Francis had a deep love of the poor and lived without any worldly possessions, despite coming from a rich family. It is said that he even begged for rocks to help build three churches. Interestingly, he was never a priest, and only later in his life and, much against his will, was ordained a deacon. He died at the age of 45. He is the patron saint of ecologists and merchants.

Not much is known about the life of St. Valentine, so much so that the Catholic Church removed him from the general Roman calendar. In fact, some suspect that St. Valentine and another saint of the same name might have had their stories intertwined. What is known is that he was martyred. In 496, during the reign of Pope Gelasius, February 14 was set as a day to celebrate his life and martyrdom.

Certainly one of the most well-known saints, St. Christopher is not actually found in the Roman Catholic canon of saints at all. He may be a figure of legend only, or he may be the martyr Reprobus, who died in 251. He started becoming popular in and around the 7th Century when churches began to bear his name. St. Christopher is the patron saint of travelers and children.

St. Joseph, or the father of Jesus Christ on earth, was a descendant of David. He is the patron saint of the Universal Church, immigrants, unborn children and fathers, amongst others. It is thought he died in 18 AD, before Jesus started his ministry.

St. Anthony was born in Lisbon in 1195. He was introduced to religion at an early age, entering the order of St. Augustine before moving to Coimbra for further studies over the next decade. It was during this time that he became a priest. After initially wanting to preach to the Moors in Morocco, illness forced him to return, only to be waylaid by a storm and ending up in Italy. He eventually settled in Padua. He died at the age of 36. Anthony is the patron saint of amputees, lost items and travelers.

St. Sebastian is believed to have been martyred in Rome during the persecution of Christians around 288 AD. Sebastian had joined the Roman Army, where he converted many soldiers. He was eventually reported, at which point Emperor Diocletian ordered his death by arrows. Despite suffering many wounds, Sebastian did not die and he was taken in by a widow and nursed back to health. Later, however, he was beaten to death. His body was recovered by Christians and buried in the catacombs beneath Rome before it was moved to the basilica around 80 years later. Sebastian is the patron saint of soldiers.

Born in Spain in 1515, Teresa joined the Carmelite convent and dedicated her life to God. After an early life wrestling with religion as well as the influences of the world around her, Teresa committed herself to starting more convents, often under duress from other religious leaders. She died in 1582, at the age of 67. She is one of only two women given the title of Doctor by the Catholic Church, specifically for her teachings on prayer and writing.

St. Therese of Lisieux dedicated her life to God from an early age. Although rejected from becoming a nun because of her young age, Therese traveled to the Vatican to ask the Pope to allow her to become one before the age of 21. She got her wish and she joined her two sisters at the Carmelite convent. Therese died at the age of 24, of tuberculosis. She was declared a saint in 1925 and is often known as "Little Flower."

Cecilia is credited with bringing her pagan husband and brother to Christ. Afterward, the three began work in Rome, burying any Christians killed for their beliefs with Cecilia preaching the word of God. Soon they were sentenced to death. Cecilia was to die by suffocation in the Roman baths but lived through the experience. She was then beheaded but despite three attempts to finish the act, she lived, even preaching for a further period. Eventually, she perished and was buried. In 1599 her body was dug up and found to have not suffered any decomposition at all.

Jude was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. He authored the book of Jude in the Bible and died a martyr after bringing Christianity to Mesopotamia, Libya, and Persia. His bones were buried in the basilica and can be found there to this day. He is often depicted in painting with the flame of Pentecost over his head.

The patron saint of fisherman, St. Peter was one of Jesus Chris's disciples. He is also seen as the first Pope in Roman Catholicism. After the death of Jesus, Peter is established as one of the leaders of the early church, tasked with taking the gospel throughout the world. He was eventually martyred in Rome under the reign of Nero. It is said he chose to be crucified upside down as he felt he was not worthy to be put to death as Jesus Christ had been.

With his conversion from a worldly life to that of Christianity, St. Augustine of Hippo is considered the patron saint of brewers. Much of his writing lay the way forward to both the medieval and more modern Christian ideas and direction. Much of his work still remains, including the books "City of God" and "The Confessions."

The youngest ever saint, Maria Goretti died at the age of 11 as a result of stab wounds administered to her from her next door neighbor, Alessandro Serenelli. He had tried to rape her and when she resisted, he stabbed her. She died the next day in hospital, but not before forgiving Serenelli. Maria Goretti was declared a saint in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. She is the patron saint of youth and purity.

An Italian noblewoman from Assisi, Clare was born in 1194. From an early age, she dedicated herself to God and prayer and after hearing St. Francis preach at the age of 18, she joined Benedictine nuns of San Paulo, an order run by him. After she was sent to San Damiano she started an order called the Poor Ladies, living in poverty and seclusion from the world, often in total silence, and each praying individually. She died in 1253 of natural causes and was canonized in 1255 by Pope Alexander IV.

Born in France in 1844, Bernadette was an extremely sickly child and contracted cholera at an early age. At the age of 14, she started to have visions, particularly in the area of the grotto of Massabielle. Bernadette thought the vision to be of Mary, the mother of Jesus. During one of her visions, she was told to drink the water from the grotto, which was muddy and undrinkable. She did, and the next day, the water ran clear and began to have healing properties. Bernadette had many other visions here, including one in which Mary said a chapel should be built in the area with the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes now a major Catholic tourist attraction. She died in 1879 as a result of tuberculosis.

Known by many names, including Mother Mary, the Virgin Mary and Saint Mary, the mother of Jesus has an important part to play in Catholicism. Mary is often called the greatest of the saints. She is the subject of a range of Catholic doctrines, including the Immaculate Conception, decreed in 1854, which states that Mary was removed from the taint of sin the moment she became pregnant with Jesus. Other doctrines include Assumption, which states she was taken into heaven just before or at her death and Perpetual Virginity, which says she remained a virgin all her life.

Agnes was born in Rome, in 291 AD. She was incredibly beautiful and many wanted her hand in marriage, to which she would reply, "Jesus Christ is my only Spouse." One suitor, Procop, the son of the governor, was so stunned by her refusal that he pointed her out as a Christian. She was brought to trial and eventually sentenced to death. Agnes was martyred at the age of 12 or 13. She was buried in Rome and her skull can be found at the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone. She is the patron saint of young girls and rape survivors.

Born in Siena in 1347, Catherine was one of 25 children (although not all survived birth). She was very religious and joined the Third Order of St. Dominic. This allowed her to pursue religion while remaining at home. After a vision at 21, Catherine refocused on helping the sick and poor. This took her further from Siena and even led to her getting involved in politics. Legends say she was one to help encourage a Crusade to the Holy Land. She was also instrumental in getting the Pope back to his seat of power in Rome. She died at the age of 33 as a result of complications from extreme fasting.

Rose is recognized as the first saint from the New World to be canonized. Born in Lima, Peru, Rose dedicated her life to God from an early age. Despite her parents best attempts to see her married, Rose refused, wanting to enter a convent, which her parents would not allow. She eventually joined the Third Order of Saint Dominic at the age of 20. From home, she looked after the sick, elderly and homeless, She died at the age of 31, which it is believed she had predicted.

The "Maid of Orleans," Joan of Arc believed she was destined by God to lead France to victory in their war with England. As a peasant girl with no military background, this seemed impossible, but Joan convinced Charles of Valois, the crown prince of France, to let her lead his armies. They routed the English at Orleans with Charles now crowned king. Joan was later captured by the Burgundians, a pro-English force, and burnt at the stake for heresy and witchcraft. In 1920 she was officially canonized.

Considered one of the most important saints, Paul began his life named Saul and persecuted Christians in his early years. After an encounter with God, he changed his name to Paul and began to practice Christianity. Not only did he travel the world spreading the Gospel, but he also wrote many of the books found in the modern Bible. These took the form of letters to various churches he had helped establish outside Jerusalem. Paul was martyred in 67 AD, when he was beheaded on the orders of the Roman Emperor, Nero.

Known as "Lily of the Mohawks," Kateri was born in 1656 and canonized in 2012. This made her the first Native American to receive sainthood from the Catholic Church. After her family was wiped out in a smallpox epidemic that left her half-blind, Kateri went to live with her uncle. Here she was introduced to Christianity by Jesuit missionaries. Eventually, she was baptized and converted at the age of 19. As her conversion put her in danger among her own people, she moved to a Christian Indian village some 200 miles away, near Montreal. She continued in her religious duties, praying for the conversion of the Mohawks and other nations and taking a vow of virginity. She died at the age of 24.

Recognized as the first saint to be canonized that had been born in America (not of Native-American origin). Elizabeth was born to an upper-class family of New York in 1774. She married at 19, had five children and became a widower when her husband died from tuberculosis. She entered the Catholic Church in 1805. After moving from New York to Maryland, she founded the Daughters of Charity of St. Joseph’s. This was the first organization established for religious woman in America. She died in 1821.

Thomas is the father of Thomistic theology and one of the most influential Catholic thinkers of medieval times. Born in 1226, Thomas is the Patron Saint of students and universities. Once he completed his studies, he committed his life to preaching, writing and travel. Thomas is responsible for over 60 written works and over 6,000 commentaries on his works exist. He died in 1274 and was canonized in 1323.

The cousin of Mary, the mother of Jesus, Elizabeth is mentioned in the Bible in the book of Luke as the mother of John the Baptist. The Bible says that when Mary, who was pregnant at the time, visited Elizabeth, the baby in Elizabeth's womb (John) leaped for joy. The fact that she conceived a child is considered a miracle, as both herself and her husband, Zachariah, were beyond childbearing age.

The patron saint of expectant mothers, Gerard was born into a poor family. He took up an apprenticeship to become a tailor and split his earnings between his family and the poor. Gerard twice applied to enter the Capuchin monastery at Muro but was denied because of his poor health. He then joined the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. Gerard is credited with performing a number of miracles during his lifetime and was canonized in 1904.

Legend says Dymphna was the daughter of an Irish king who went mad at the death of his wife. His advisors said he should remarry and, when he could not find a suitable candidate, they suggested his daughter, Dymphna, a Christian who had taken a vow of chastity. She fled to a town in Belgium, where she started a hospital for the poor. Her father found her, however, and when she would not return with him to Ireland, he beheaded her. She died at the age of 15. Known as the "Lily of Eire," she was canonized in 620 AD.

Blaise lived in the city of Sebastea, Armenia where he was a healer. As a practicing Christian, Blaise was persecuted even though much Christian persecution had stopped by that point in history. He was forced out of the city and lived in solitude in a cave, praying constantly, with only animals for company. A group of hunters found him and brought him back to the city, where he was martyred for refusing to make sacrifices to pagan idols.

As one of Jesus' disciples, Luke is well known in Christianity. He is credited with writing the Gospel of Luke, chronicling the life of Jesus, as well as the Book of Acts. The Gospel of Luke includes six miracles and 18 parables not found in the other books of the Bible. It is thought he died at the age of 74, in Greece.

The patron saint of prisoners, amongst others, Maximilian Kolbe was born in Poland, in 1894. At an early age, he had a vision in which Mary appeared to him, offering him two crowns, a white for purity and a red for martyrdom. He was invited to pick one but accepted both. Kolbe was ordained as a priest in 1918 and worked all over Poland, promoting Mary. He then began to travel and is credited with founding monasteries in India and Japan. During World War II, he hid 2,000 Jews from the Nazis. Eventually arrested in 1941, Kolbe was sent to Auschwitz, where he took the place of another prisoner earmarked along with nine others to face death by starvation. During this terrible ordeal, he preached to these prisoners until he too died on August 14, 1941. Kolbe was canonized in 1982.

John was the cousin of Jesus and was sent by God to lay a path out for him before he began his ministry. John lived outside of Jerusalem, living off the land and wearing camel skins as clothing. He baptized Jesus in the river Jordan, after which he was imprisoned by King Herod, who John condemned for marrying his half-brother's wife. At the wish of his daughter, Herod had John beheaded.

Born into a wealthy family, Nicholas lost his parents at an early age. Determined to follow the principles of Jesus, he used the inheritance he received to help the needy, sick and poor. Made the Bishop of Myrna, Nicholas had a particular love for children. He was exiled and imprisoned for his Christian beliefs, but eventually released. He died in 343 A.D., where it is said that manna, a watery religious relic, formed near his body.

Benedict was the son of a Roman noble and had a twin sister, Scholastica. He was sent to Rome to complete his studies but fled after witnessing how his peers lived. He chose a small village and the surrounding mountains of Subiaco. He eventually set up twelve monasteries in the area, before moving to Monte Cassino to establish a new monastery. He died in 543 A.D., but not before producing "The Rule," a set of guidelines for how monks should spend their days.

Although she initially wanted to become a nun, Rita was married off to Paolo Mancini, a man who treated her terribly. Eventually, though, her influence made him a better person, but he was killed as a result of a feud from his past. Rita then became a nun at the age of 36, where she suffered a wound to her forehead after asking Christ to let her suffer like he had. This wound stayed with her until the day she died as a result of tuberculosis in 1457. Her body did not decompose and can be seen today at the Saint Rita shrine at Cascia. She was canonized in 1900.

The patron saint of England, George was actually born to a Roman officer and a Greek mother. He became a soldier in Diocletian's army. As a Christian, he came under scrutiny when Diocletian demanded that all Christians in his army be arrested. George told every one of his beliefs and because Diocletian was friendly with his father, he tried to bribe him into denouncing Christianity and praising Roman gods. George refused and he was severely tortured before he was decapitated, becoming a martyr.

Mary Magdalene is most known for the fact that she anointed the feet of Jesus, using her most expensive oils and her long hair. Often called the Apostle of the Apostles, she was present at the death of Jesus as well as at his resurrection.

The author of the first Gospel of the New Testament, Matthew was one of Jesus' disciples, after having worked as a tax collector. He left Jerusalem around 42 AD to escape persecution, with likely destinations including Persia or Ethiopia. It is not known how he died. He is the patron saint of bankers.

Brother to James, John is one of the Apostles of Jesus, who amongst others, wrote the Gospel of John as well as the final book of the Bible, Revelations. John was a fisherman when first called to follow Jesus. John was extremely close to Jesus and was present at the Transfiguration, as well as in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus was arrested. John died in Ephesus; the church over his tomb has since been converted into a mosque.

Born in Peru to a Spanish father and a slave from Panama in 1579, Martin de Porres was often ridiculed for his mixed race. He was a devout Christian and joined the Dominicans of Holy Rosary Priory as a servant. Eventually, after eight years, he was allowed to take his vows, although not everyone accepted him because of his mixed ethnicity. He died in 1639 and was canonized in 1962.

The patron saint of babies, youth and infants, Philomena’s remains were found in 1802 in the catacomb of Saint Priscilla. Amongst the remains was a glass vial of blood as well as inscriptions that read, "Peace be with thee, Philomena." The relics were moved to a chapel in Mugano, where it is reported that miracles started occurring. These were ascribed to the relics of Philomena and soon, places of worship in her honor were allowed. She was canonized in 1837.

One of the twelve Apostles, James is the brother of John and was a fisherman before he was called to follow Jesus. He was one of Jesus' closest disciples. James was the first Apostle to be martyred when Herod had him beheaded in 44 AD. His remains were taken by fellow Christians and buried in Spain. He is referred to as "the Greater" to distinguish him from James the Apostle - James the Greater was taller.

The older brother of Peter, Andrew became an Apostle of Jesus after he was first an Apostle of John the Baptist. After the death of Jesus, Andrew took the Gospel to what is now modern Turkey. He was martyred through crucifixion, not in the traditional way, but on an x-shaped cross, as he did not think himself worthy of following in the example of Jesus. He is the patron saint of fisherman, pilgrims and Spain.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is a vision of the Virgin Mary that appeared to a Mexican Catholic convert, Juan Diego, on a number of occasions. Mary told Diego to go to the Bishop of the local parish to arrange to have a temple built where she first appeared. The third time, she instructed him to cut flowers from a nearby hill and keep them in his garments and reveal them to the Bishop. When he did this, an incredible image of Mary was imprinted on his cactus-fiber garment. The temple was built and remains to this day, and the garment also still exists.

Much of Brigid's story is legend. She is one of the patron saints of Ireland, along with St. Patrick. She is associated with the Brigid Cross, a Christian symbol found in many Irish homes. Often made of reeds, people often construct them on February 1, the day that Brigid's Feast Day is celebrated. It is said to protect homoes from fire, hunger and evil.

Born in France in around 422 AD, Genevieve was consecrated to God by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre. She dedicated her life to God and, after her parents died, she lived with her grandmother in Paris, where she started to perform miracles, helping the sick. She was also put in charge of all consecrated virgins by St. Germanus. She died at the age of 89. Genevieve is the patron saint of Paris.

A deeply pious man - hence his name - Edward the Confessor was the second-to-last Anglo-Saxon King of England. During his reign, he constructed St Peter's Abbey at Westminster, where his remains lie to this day. He was canonized in 1161.

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