A-Z: General definitions: Thomas


1. Thomas, St. One of the twelve apostles. The Gospel of John states that Thomas was not present when Jesus first appeared to them as a group on the evening of the first Easter Day after he had risen from the dead. Thomas is said to have questioned their account until Jesus also appeared to him. Traditionally believed to have taken the Christian message to India.

2. St Thomas Becket, (?1118-70). Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 and martyr famously murdered by knights of Henry II at Canterbury Cathedral after dispute with Henry II. Miracles were soon recorded at his tomb and he was officially declared a saint in 1173, his shrine becoming one of the most popular pilgrimage centres in Christendom.

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