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St. Peter

Bishop of Rome, the First Pope

Saint Peter’s name at birth was Simon and he was born in a small town of Bethsaida. He and his brother Andrew became one of the first few Apostles to join Jesus. He was chosen by Jesus to be the Prince of the 12 Apostles, the first Vicar of Christ after He went to heaven.

Saint Peter was crucified upside down in 64AD, as he did not consider himself worthy to be killed like his Master. Instead, he asked to be crucified upside down.

Saint Peter’s authority as the First Pope is taken from the book of Matthew in the Bible where Jesus tells St. Peter that: “That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church.” Saint Peter’s role in the Catholic Church is reinforced through the Nicene Creed, “We believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church …”

Saint Peter’s remains can be found below the altar at St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican, Rome. The prophecy of Jesus Christ became a reality: “I tell you that you are Peter (meaning rock, in Latin) and upon this rock, I will build my Church”.  The Church of Jesus Christ has as its foundations the bones of Peter. This is the reason why the Successors of Peter should govern the Church in union with Peter, in union with Jesus Christ, becoming elements of unity for the Universal  Catholic Church throughout the Centuries.

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About the Saint

Feast Day:
The Feast Day of Saint Peter is 29 June (The Feast of Saint Peter & Paul).
Patron of:
He is patron saint of Popes and of Rome, net makers, shipbuilders, and fishermen. He is also known as the patron saint of locksmiths because he is usually represented holding the “keys of heaven”, as Jesus assured him.
Located at Niche #01.