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  • St Luke was born in Antioch, in Syria.
  • It is thought he was born around 12BC
  • St Luke died in Boeotica in Greece around 84AD
  • St Luke wrote a gospel about the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • St Luke also wrote the history of the early Church - this is called the Acts of the Apostles
  • St Luke knew Jesus and visited Jesus in Palestine.
  • It is traditional in Christianity to say that the apostles, the disciples of Jesus were Bishops.
  • Luke was a narrator, he told the stories of the life and teachings of Jesus, and he also wrote the early history of the Church.
  • Is possible that Luke was the leader of the community where he lived.


  • St Luke was proclaimed a saint of the Universal Church for his work in writing the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. He has had a profound influence on all the Christian Churches since ages past.
  • In the early centuries it was enough, if people wished to honour the life and death of a saintly person, for the local bishop to add the new saint's feast day to the Church's calendar.
  • Then, late in the 12th century, Pope Innocent III decided that in future, saints would be canonised or listed in the Church's calendar by the authorities in Rome.
  • Luke was a saint long before the 12th Century

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