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barnabasBorn in Cyprus, Barnabas is numbered among the first of the faithful at Jerusalem.  He introduced St Paul to the Twelve and accompanied him on his first missionary journey.  He was present at the Council of Jerusalem and has long been honoured as an Apostle, although he was not one of the Twelve.  Different traditions asset that he was martyred in his native Cyprus, or at Salamis in Greece.  His name is included in the Roman Canon. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 2750; Christian Prayer 1990, p 1144.

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