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St. Jude 

St. Jude, also known as St. Thaddeus, is the cousin of Our Lord and the brother to St. James the Less. He is one of the Apostles that was called by Christ. With the help of St. Simon, they both preached the Gospel in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Persia, establishing the first foundations of the Church in this part of the world.

He was martyred for his Faith, most commonly believed to be clubbed to death, which is why he is often depicted with a club. He is also depicted in Christian art with a flame over his head, which is a representation of the power of the Holy Ghost that descended upon him and all the Apostles at Pentecost. Another common attribute of St. Jude is the Image of Edessa, which is a miraculous image of the Face of Christ. As the story goes, the King of Abgar of Edessa sent an envoy to ask Jesus to cure him of his leprosy. Our Lord was so impressed by his faith that He pressed His face to a piece of cloth and His image miraculously was impressed onto this cloth. He gave this cloth to St. Jude, who in turn brought it to the King and it cured him of his leprosy.

St. Jude is the patron saint of desperate cases and he also wrote one of the Catholic Epistles in the New Testament. His body rests in St. Peter's in Rome.

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