Apocalypse 21:9-14; Psalm 144(145):10-13a,17-18; John 1:45-51
|Saint Bartholomew, Apostle|
He was born at Cana and brought by the Apostle Philip to meet Jesus. Nothing further is known for certain. Eusebius speaks of him in India, but the Roman Martyrology has him martyred in Armenia, skinned alive according to the Persian custom. Because his relics were enshrined on the island in the Tiber that is principally used as a hospital, he has become a patron saint of the sick. There are diverse other accounts of Bartholomew, and many contradictions - so exactly where he went and how he died are lost - but one thing we can be sure of, He was one of Jesus' Closest friends, one of his apostles.