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Saints Peter and Paul

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WE OWE SO MUCH TO THESE TWO MEN

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Today we honour the two greatest saints of the Catholic Church who were crucial in establishing it as a worldwide faith. Their influence has continued to present times.

“Follow Me” were Jesus' first words to Simon Peter; His last to him were “You follow Me”. Every step of the way between Peter never failed to try and follow Jesus – even though he often stumbled.

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WHAT DO WE OWE TO THESE TWO MEN?

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“These men, conquering all human frailty, shed their blood and helped the Church to grow. By sharing the cup of the Lord’s suffering, they became the friends of God.” These are the words that introduce the Mass of Saints Peter and Paul.

Their original names were Simon and Saul but Jesus changed them because they were destined for unique vocations. Simon was to be the first pope, the Vicar of Christ, so Jesus gave him the name Peter, meaning Rock. It was on him Jesus was to build His Church. Saul was to be the teacher of all nations and was given the name Paul.

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