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Learn about the early Christian martyr Saint Peter the Apostle



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Saint Peter the Apostle

Who was St. Peter?

In Christian tradition, St. Peter was one of the 12 Apostles. Roman Catholicism holds that Jesus established Peter as the first pope and that Jesus gave him “the keys of the kingdom of heaven." After Jesus’ death, Peter served as the head of the Apostles. The two Letters of Peter in the Bible are attributed to his authorship, though some scholars dispute this.

How did St. Peter die?

Although not described in Scripture, St. Peter is believed to have died as a martyr for his faith in Rome during the reign of the emperor Nero in 64 CE. Based on writing of the time and shortly thereafter, he was crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus Christ.

What is St. Peter the patron saint of?

As the traditional first pope of the Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter is the patron saint of popes and of Rome and of many cities that bear his name, such as St. Petersburg and Saint-Pierre. He has a long list of other places, occupations, and causes under his patronage as well.
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