June 29th - St. Paul By: Riya Roy
Paul, whose original name was Saul, was a Jew from Tarsus. He was an influential Pharisee, who had a strong hatred towards Christians. Paul believed that Christians were preaching against the Law of Moses and spent much of the first half of his life persecuting Christians. However, during Paul’s journey to Damascus, he had a vision that changed his life. After this powerful vision, he became a devout Christian and dedicated his life to spreading the gospel to the world. During the next 20 years, he preached ceaselessly and established several churches and communities in Asia Minor. St. Paul’s feast day is June 29 and he is the patron saint of missionaries, evangelists, writers, journalists, authors, public workers, rope and saddle makers, and tent makers. Saint Peter was a native of Bethsaida and was one of the 12 apostles who followed Jesus Christ. He is known for his “little faith” as he doubted Jesus several times. There were many notable times when Peter didn’t truly believe in Jesus until he saw proof, and we have learned those stories at a young age and they are also present in the Gospel. Saint Peter was the first pope and died in Rome. It is said that he was crucified on the Vatican Hill with his cross upside down because he declared himself unworthy to die the same way Jesus did.
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