Saint of the Day – August 24 – St Bartholomew 0ne of the Twelve – Apostle and Martyr – (1st Century) – Attributes – Knife and flayed skin – Patron of Armenia; bookbinders; butchers; Florentine cheese and salt merchants; Gambatesa, Italy; Catbalogan, Samar; Għargħur, Malta; leather workers; neurological diseases; plasterers; shoemakers; curriers; tanners, and various cities.
One of the Twelves Apostles. Probably a close friend of Saint Philip; Bartholomew’s name is always mentioned in the Gospels in connection with Philip and it was Philip who brought Bartholomew to Jesus. May have written a gospel, now lost; it is mentioned in other writings of the time. May have preached in Asia Minor, Ethiopia, India and Armenia; some one did, leaving behind assorted writings, and local tradition says it was Bartholomew. St. Nathanael, is St. Bartholomew. Image 3 – Anthony van Dyck; 4-Rubens; 5-Jusepe de Ribera.