The Orthodox and Catholic churches observe the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29. They are both considered two of the most important figures in the very early Christian church especially in terms of the spread of Christianity in Europe and numerous Middle East countries.
St Peter’s original name was Simon. Jesus changed it to Peter (which means a rock). He was one of his 12 disciples and apostles who had a great contribution for spreading Christianity throughout the world. He is also regarded as the first bishop and pope. He died like his Jesus, by crucifixion, in 67 AD and was buried in Rome. Nowadays his grave is marked and could be seen in the St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
As to St. Paul, he was originally known as Saul of Tarsus. He was born in a Jewish family which was assimilated into the ancient roman culture and thus he became a Christian on his way to Damascus after Jesus Christ’s death. He was beheaded in 67 AD, too, which was the period of Nero’s persecutions of Christians. He is believed to have been buried outside la Basilica di San Pietro in Rome.
Happy name day to all Pietre and Paoli 🙂