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The cross of Saint Brigid

Christians TRY TO follow Jesus' teachings and apply them to their own lives. All such believers are said to be part of the "community of saints". But some go to exceptional lengths for their faith, enduring suffering or persecution, or even becoming martyrs. Some of these men and women who have lived lives of special holiness are declared saints by the church. Saints are especially revered in the Catholic and Orthodox churches, where it is believed they can act as intermediaries between individual Christians and God.

Ivory relief J of George and the dragon

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