Saint Bartholomew was born in Galilee and was one of the 12 Apostles. He was probably a close friend of St. Philip. His name in the Gospels is always mentioned in connection with Philip.
It was Philip who brought Bartholomew to Jesus.
St. Bartholomew may have written a gospel which is now lost.
He is thought to have preached in Asia Minor, Armenia, Ethiopia and India.
Like the other Apostles, Saint Bartholomew suffered martyrdom by being flayed alive in Armenia.
Saint Bartholomew is identified as a preacher and martyr by a book and the knife that flayed him.
His Feast Day is celebrated on August 24.