New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Bartholomew

the statue 'Saint Bartholomew Flayed', by Marco d'Agrate, 1562; Milan Cathedral, Milan, Italy; photographed on 8 July 2014 by hjl; swiped from his flickr account and croppedArticle

Apostle, listed among the twelve Apostles (Matthew 10; Mark 3; Luke 6). Mention of him occurs infrequently in the Gospels, probably because Bartholomew was his patronymic rather than his proper name, and meant “son of Talmai or Tholmai”; some commentators identify him with Nathanael (John 1), although this theory is nowhere conclusively proved. Bartholomew was introduced to Christ by his friend, Saint Philip; his missionary labors brought him to India, Mesopotamia, Parthia, and Lycaonia. He is said to have died in Albanopolis, Armenia, but the stories of his death differ; according to one he was beheaded; others state that he was flayed alive and crucified. For this reason he is usually represented in art as flayed and holding his skin in his own hand. Emblems: knife, cross. Feast, Roman Calendar, 24 August.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Bartholomew”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 August 2012. Web. 21 October 2020. <>