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Saint Barnabas (first century)

Saint Barnabas (first century)

Patron of Cyprus in Greece and Antioch in Syria; against hailstorms; invoked as peacemaker

Feast day: June 11

Although Saint Barnabas was not one of the original Twelve Apostles, he became friends with Saint Paul and is considered an honorary Apostle. He was originally called Joseph, but the other Apostles gave him the name Barnabas, which means “Son of Encouragement.”

Barnabas strove to convert the Gentiles and traveled preaching the Good News of Jesus. He helped found the Church in Antioch and was martyred for his faith. 

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