St. Jude

Born: 1st century AD, Galilee, Palestine
Died: 1st century AD, Persia
Feast Day: October 28

One of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is also called Thaddaeus, Jude of James, Jude Thaddaeus, Judas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. Catholics believe that Jude is the brother of Jesus and is usually depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand or close to his chest. He is also often depicted with a flame above his head, denoting his presence at Pentecost, where he received the Holy Spirit along with the other apostles. Because Jude and Judas are translations of the same greek name, which is a variant of Judah and a name common among Jews of the time, he is often confused with Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus.

Known as the patron saint of "lost causes" or "desperate situations", he is also the patron saint of Armenia, the City of St. Petersburg Florida, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis Tennesee, and the Chicago Police Department.

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