Saint Andrew the Apostle
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Saint Andrew the Apostle 

Born      Early 1st century  Bethsaida
Died     Mid- to late 1st century AD Patras
Honored in     All of Christianity
Canonized     Apostolic age by Pre-congregation
Major shrine     Church of St Andreas at Patras, with his relics
Feast     November 30
Attributes     Old man with long (in the East often untidy) white hair and beard, holding the Gospel Book or scroll,
                   sometimes leaning on a saltire[citation needed]
Patronage     Scotland, Ukraine, Russia, Sicily, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Patras, Diocese of Parañaque, City of Manila,[1] Amalfi, Luqa (Malta) and Prussia; Diocese of Victoria fishermen, fishmongers, rope-makers, golfers and performers
Eusebius quotes Origen as saying Andrew preached in Asia Minor and in Scythia along the Black Sea and the Dnieper and Volga rivers as far as Kiev and Novgorod Hence he became a patron saint of Ukraine, Romania and Russia. According to tradition, he founded the See of Byzantium (Constantinople) in AD 38, installing Stachys as bishop. According to Hippolytus of Rome, he preached in Thrace, and his presence in Byzantium is also mentioned in the apocryphal Acts of Andrew, written in the 2nd century; Basil of Seleucia also knew of Apostle Andrew's mission in Thrace, as well as Scythia and Achaia. This diocese would later develop into the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Andrew is recognized as its patron saint.

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