From: Saints of the Day
Saint Bartholomew (also known as Nathaniel) was born in Galilee and was one of the Twelve Apostles. He was probably a close friend of Apostle Philip. Bartholomew’s name is always mentioned in the Gospels in connection with Saint Philip, and it was Philip who brought Bartholomew to Jesus.
After the Ascension of Christ, Bartholomew preached in Asia with Apostle Philip, Philip’s sister Mariamma, and Apostle John. He was crucified upside down in Hierapolis with Apostle Philip for causing the death of a great serpent the people worshiped and healing people through prayer. He was removed from the cross during a great earthquake because the people thought God was judging them. Apostle Philip had already reposed.
He then went to India preaching, translated the Gospel of Matthew and cured the Armenian king’s daughter of insanity; but the king’s envious brother had him crucified, skinned him, and finally beheaded him. Christians buried his body but because of the miracles happening over his relics the pagans threw his coffin into the sea. The coffin ended up at the island of Lipara where Bishop Agathon — who found the coffin via a revelation in a dream — buried the Apostel´s body in a church. Later his relics were translated to Rome where miracles continue to occur.
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