This Friday, the Church celebrates the conversion of St. Paul.
Here are eight things you need to know about him--and his conversion.
1. Where was St. Paul from?
In Acts 21:39, St. Paul states:
"I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city."
Tarsus was the capital city of the Roman province of Cilicia. This is on the southeast coast of modern Turkey, so St. Paul was not from the holy land. He was actually a Jew born in what is now Turkey.
It was a port city and a noted commercial center. For these reasons, and because it was the capital, he can describe it as "no mean city" (that is, no common, ordinary city). It was famous.
One of the things it was...READ MORE