Book of Saints – Barnabas

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Barnabas the Apostle; old cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Bazas, Gironde, France; photographed on 28 March 2013 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Apostle. (June 11) (1st century) One of the seventy-two disciples of our Lord (Luke 10), though not of the Twelve. Born in Cyprus and styled an Apostle by Saint Luke and by the Church following the early Fathers, he is mentioned repeatedly in the Acts of the Apostles. He laboured with Saint Paul at Aotioch, Seleucia, Paphos, etc, and is believed to have been stoned to death in his native island by the Jews, exasperated at the success of his preaching of the Gospel. Saint Charles Borromeo proposed him as the Apostle of Milan, whither a tradition avers that he came in the course of his missionary career. It is alleged that several centuries after his death, on his tomb being opened, his body was discovered, holding in its hands a copy or the original Gospel of Saint Matthew, written in Hebrew.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Barnabas”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 August 2012. Web. 31 October 2020. <>