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St Paul

Paul, along with his companion Barnabas, speaks to the people of Antioch at the beginning of his first journey.After Jesus had ascended into heaven, his disciples gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish festival of Shavuot (known to Christians as Pentecost). There they received the Holy Spirit. The disciples began to spread the news that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead. Not all Jews were convinced; some, including a Pharisee named Saul, hated Jesus’ followers. He arrested many of them and threw them in prison. But Jesus appeared to him one day. From then on, he wanted only to be one of his most devoted followers. Having changed his name to Paul, he travelled across Asia Minor (modern Turkey), Greece and as far as Rome to take the Christian message to non-Jewish people.

On the road to Damascus

A bright light blinds Paul on the road to Damascus.Saul the Pharisee was once fiercely opposed to the followers of Christ, throwing many of them into prison. But one day, on his way to Damascus, a bright light blinded him, causing him to fall to the ground. Jesus spoke to him, asking why Saul was persecuting him. He ordered Saul to continue on to Damascus and await further instructions. After this, Saul, to the astonishment of Christ's followers, became a Christian himself—so beginning his life as one of Jesus's greatest apostles and missionaries.

"Paul" was Saul's name in Latin, the language of the Roman Empire.

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