St. Jude
1st Century

Saint Jude in papermaché

Saint Jude was the cousin of Jesus Christ and one of the Apostles. He preached in Judea, Syria, Samaria, Idumaea, Mesopotamia and Lybia. He was reportedly a great healer and had a particular skill for driving out demons. He was martyred.

St. Jude is the patron of lost causes and hopeless cases. Legend has it that the early Christians confused Jude with Judas Iscariot because of the similarity of their names and did not pray to Jude as a result of the confusion. Perhaps he should be the patron saint of mistaken identities as well. He is also the patron of desperate situations, hospitals and hospital workers

Further information on St. Jude can be found in Lives of the Saints, The Catholic Encyclopedia or Saints Index on Catholic Forum

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