Thomas Craughwell

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The Often-Overlooked Saints of Good Friday

Of Christ’s eleven surviving apostles and who-knows-how-many disciples and followers, only a tiny handful had the courage to stand at the foot of his cross. There was the Blessed Virgin Mary, of course, and St. John the Apostle and his mother St....

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Will Churches Soon Be Allowed in Saudi Arabia? Not a Chance...

Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, visited London for three days recently. He and Theresa May’s government had a lot to talk about—trade, terrorism, oil prices, women’s rights. It was a busy if predictable agenda. The most...

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St. John Ogilvie is Scotland’s Most Famous Martyr

For more than a century the Church has beatified and canonized dozens of Reformation-era martyrs from England and Wales. But Scotland has only one martyr from that period—St. John Ogilvie (1579-1615), a Jesuit priest. St. John was not raised...

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Fr. Giovanni Fausti, Martyred by the Communists

My friend Paul Kengor is the author of the recently released The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism, published by Regnery. He’s a professor of political science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and as an academic he gets more than his...

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Off With Their Heads!

When ISIS was expanding its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, it was standard procedure for them to enter Christian churches and behead the statues of Jesus, Mary and the other saints. I’m beginning to think ISIS has opened a branch office in...

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St. Thomas Becket: A Tough Saint to Love

St. Thomas Becket may be the least appealing of the saints. He was arrogant, inflexible, combative, and convinced that he was always right. And that was after his conversion. Yet, throughout the Middle Ages, St. Thomas was the most popular...

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Why Dec. 26 was Chosen as the Feast of St. Stephen

Today, Dec. 26, the Christian world celebrates the feast of St. Stephen. All we know about him comes from the Acts of the Apostles (talk about an unimpeachable source), chapters 6, 7 and 8. But there is another story about St. Stephen, also...

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Why John Paul II Restored This Saint to the Calendar

In 2002, Pope St. John Paul II did something quite rare in history: he restored a previously-removed saint to the Universal Roman Calendar. The saint whose suppression was reversed by John Paul is St. Catherine of Alexandria. Why the Catherine...

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St. Cecilia and the History of the Roman Catacombs

Nov. 22 is the feats of St. Cecilia, for centuries one of the most beloved martyrs. Her name occurs in the centuries-old Roman Canon of the Mass, also known as the First Eucharistic Prayer. The Basilica of St. Cecilia in Rome’s Trastevere...

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The Great Saints of Africa

Nov. 13 was the birthday of St. Augustine of Hippo. His birthday, mind you, not his feast day (that falls on Aug. 28). Usually when we speak of Augustine we think of the long years he spent away from the Catholic Church, his final conversion...