The 12 Apostles: The Meaning Behind Their Names, How They Died, and Where Their Relics Are Located



Saint Jude Thaddeus and Judas Iscariot the Traitor

Both names stem from the Hebrew yehudah meaning praised. Judas Iscariot committed suicide following his betrayal of Jesus Christ, and the whereabouts of his remains are unknown.

According to tradition, Saint Jude Thaddeus he was martyred around the year 65 A.D. in Beirut and his body filled with arrows. He is often pictured with an ax, a symbol of his martyrdom and the way in which he was killed. His remains can be found at Saint Peter’s Basilica.


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