St. Peter By: Serena Pasvantis

St. Peter was a pope, preacher, apostle, Patriarch, and martyr. He was born in Bethsaida in the province of Galilee. His brother was Andrew also an apostle and his dad was John or Jonah.

His feast day is June 29 and he is the patron saint of fishermen, net makers and shipbuilders.

Peter was originally named Simon, however Jesus gave him the name of Peter which translates to rock in Greek and refers to Peter as Jesus' rock since he was one of the first disciples Jesus chose.

Peter headed the evangelization of the Jews and was the first Pope. He went on many missionary trips and preached about Jesus and his teachings.

Herod improsoned Peter and then Peter was miraculously released by an angel.

During Peters life he followed Jesus and was the so called "leader" of the apostles. In his memory of his death St. Peter's Basilica was built where he died.

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