Saint Bartholomew (c. 1 AD – c. 71 AD), also known as Nathanael, was one of the twelve apostles chosen by Jesus Christ. Little is known about his early life, but he is believed to have been a close friend of the apostle Philip. According to the Gospel of John, Bartholomew was introduced to Jesus by Philip and recognized Him as the Son of God. After the resurrection of Jesus, Bartholomew became a fearless preacher of the Gospel, spreading the message of Christ throughout India, Armenia, and Ethiopia. He is also traditionally associated with the conversion of King Polymius of Armenia. Saint Bartholomew was martyred for his faith, believed to have been flayed alive or beheaded. His feast day is celebrated on August 24th, and he is venerated as a patron saint of leatherworkers, tanners, and those in need of courage and strength.
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