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Who is St. Jude?
St. Jude was a friend and cousin of Jesus, the son of God. He was asked by Jesus to be one of His special followers called an Apostle. Like all Apostles, St. Jude was sent to tell people about Jesus. After he died, Jude was called a saint (St.).
What is a saint?
A saint is a person who lived trying to be like Jesus. Saints are known for telling other people the Good News about God and His Son, Jesus. A saint is a person who lives in Heaven with God.
What is an apostle?
An apostle is a person chosen by Jesus, the Son of God. An apostle is sent by Jesus into the world to tell them about His Good News. His Good News is that all people are called to live a good life here on earth and to live always with God in Heaven.
How many apostles does Jesus, the Son of God, have?
Jesus chose twelve people to be His special and first apostles. St. Jude was one of these people. The others were Andrew, Bartholemew, James the Great, James the Less, John, Judas Iscariot, Jude (also known as Thaddeus), Matthew, Peter, Philip, Simon, and Thomas.
Are we apostles, too?
We can be like the apostles because we too are chosen by Jesus to be like Him and let others know about Him. We are also asked by Jesus to bring healing and hope to others, just like the Apostles.
Can we be saints?
If we live like an apostle, then at the end of our lives, we will be able to live forever with God in Heaven and could be called a saint. Some people are officially called saints by the Catholic Church. These are special people that the Catholic Church believes for sure are in Heaven. The Pope, in a special ceremony called a canonization, lets the world know about these people who lived like Jesus and brought healing and hope to others as well.