Thursday, December 26, 2013

Feast of St Thomas Becket 29 December

He is not widely venerated in Sicily, but it is here, at Monreale Abbey, that the first public holy image of Saint Thomas Becket, rendered as a mosaic icon (shown here), can be seen. Also, the cathedral of Marsala is dedicated to him. This was the first major church to be dedicated to the Anglo-Norman saint. Officially, he is "Saint Thomas of Canterbury."

Jackie Alio, one of Sicily's most popular historians, has written about Thomas Becket's Sicilian connection.

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