Thomas Craughwell

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Spain Honors Its Patron, St. James the Greater

This article originally appeared July 25, 2017, at the Register. Every July 25, the two-week-long celebration in the small Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela reaches its highpoint with High Mass in the Cathedral of Santiago, the Cathedral of...

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St. Mary Magdalene — A Patron Saint for Hairstylists

In his Gospel, St. Luke tells how one day a woman who was a notorious sinner entered a house where Jesus was dining with friends, and, to the astonishment of everyone in the room, knelt, bathed his feet with her tears, then dried them with her...

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St. John Fisher, the Martyr Overshadowed by St. Thomas More

It’s not Thomas More’s fault. His fame is so widespread that he has put in the shade the only English bishop who had the guts to stand up to Henry VIII, and lost his head because of it. That bishop was St. John Fisher (1469-1535). Certainly,...

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Blessed Margaret Pole: Catholic England’s Royal Martyr

You never know what you’ll find when you go hunting around old churches. In 1876, a restoration crew was at work in the Tower of London’s appropriately named Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula (St. Peter in Chains). In the crypt, where so many...

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The Visions at Fatima and the Russian Revolution

This article originally appeared April 4, 2017, at the Register. “Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations...

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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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The Great St. Patrick Was Once an Atheist

I can hear the howls of outrage. But before you grab torches and pitchforks and head over to my house, give me a moment. Obviously, Patrick was not an atheist when he began his world-changing missionary work. Yet by his own admission, there was a...

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7 of America’s Catholic Summer Travel Destinations

Every summer, American families become road warriors, heading out for day trips, weekend excursions, or longer vacations to explore our vast, fascinating nation. There are plenty of significant sites across the United States that have unexpected...

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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...