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Dismas, the "Good Thief"
Probably the best known criminal-turned-saint in the Catholic Church is St. Dismas. He was the “good” or “penitent” thief crucified alongside Jesus, and was promised Heaven by Jesus Christ himself. Very little is known about this man, though tradition often applies the name “Dismas” to him, which can be translated as either “sunset” or “death.” What can be ascertained is that he was a criminal in the eyes of Roman law.
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