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St. Stephen
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Religious Figure
    ( -circa 35)
    Killed by stoning
    Venerated by Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans and the Eastern Orthodox Church
    Feast day is December 26
    Patron saint of masons, coffin makers and deacons
    He accused the Jews of always persecuting their prophets and said they betrayed and killed Jesus.
    It is unclear if his death by stoning was an official execution or a case of mob violence.
    He created a serious rift between the early Christian and Jewish communities.
    The location of his tomb was unknown for nearly four centuries.
    Nothing is known of him outside of the New Testament.
    He was the first Christian martyr or ‘Protomartyr.’
    He was picked by the Apostles to distribute alms to the needy.
    He was accused by the Jewish supreme court of blasphemy against Moses and God.
    He was a gifted debater.
    He asked God to forgive the crowd that stoned him.
    One of his tormenters, Saul of Taursus, later repented and became St. Paul.

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