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article 4/30/17

Dear Friends,

              One of the great insights gained after the Second Vatican Council was the realization that there were other ancient Churches out there who had a claim to apostolic roots.   Some of them large like the Eastern Orthodox and others of modest size like the Assyrians of the East.  All of us are part of the one Church that Jesus Christ founded on the confession of St. Peter.  From that delegation as it were of Jesus to St. Peter to be the “rock” sprang out into the world the Apostles and ancient saints.  Often we forget the details of our own history.  Here I am listing the Apostles and where it is claimed they missioned the new Faith and the date of their death if known. 


1. St James the Greater:  Martyred around 44AD by sword.  His relics are reverently housed in the great Basilica of Santiago de Compestela in Spain.

2. St James the Less, first bishop of Jerusalem.  Thrown down from the pinnacle of Temple of Jerusalem, surviving the fall he was stoned and beaten to death in 65AD.  His relics are housed in the Basilica of the Holy Apostles in Rome.

3. St. Jude Thaddaeus:  Clubbed to death, exact date unknown.  His relics are in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  Remembered for evangelizing Armenia with St. Simon.

4. St. Philip:  Crucified for Christ around 80AD.  He preached in Greece, Syria and Phrygia.  His relics are now housed in the Church of the Holy Apostles in Rome with the relics of St. James the Less.

5. St Thomas: thrust with a spear.  His relics are venerated in the Cathedral of St. Thomas in Mylapore, India.

6. St. Peter: Crucified upside down in 67AD.  His relics are under the high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

7. St. John: The only apostle to die a natural death around 100AD.  His relics are housed in the Basilica of St. John in Ephesus, Turkey.

8. St. Matthew:  Martyred with a sword.  His relics are housed in St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Messina, Sicily.

9. St. Bartholomew: Flayed alive and then beheaded.  His relics are found in St Bartholomew Church in Rome.  He missioned in Armenia and India.  Relics also in Frankfurt & Canterbury Cathedrals.

10. St Andrew: Crucified on an X shaped cross.  His relics are housed in the Cathedral of Amalfi, Italy.

11. St Matthias: Crucified in Judea.  His relics are housed in St Matthew’s Abbey in Trier, Germany.

12. St. Simon: Crucified.  His relics are housed in the Altar of the Crucifixion at the Vatican.  He is the co-evangelizer with St. Jude Thaddaeus.