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St. Paul: a fearless missionary

The apostle Paul turned a small Jewish sect into a world religion, Christianity. Originally a persecutor of Christians, he went on to become a missionary – who was this man? Experts explain facts and legends surrounding this fascinating character.

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It’s the story of a life that could have hardly been more adventurous. Missionary work was also a great physical challenge. St. Paul covered an unbelievable 16,000 kilometers - mainly in today's Turkey, Greece and the Middle East: the equivalent of halfway around the globe. He faced hunger and thirst, cold, persecution and danger. "I have been beaten with rods three times, stoned once and was shipwrecked three times,” he writes in his 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians in the New Testament. He started off as Saul, the persecutor of the Christians, and became Paul, one of the leaders of nascent Christianity. Around the year 60 AD, Paul reached Rome, where he was beheaded on the orders of the Emperor Nero. Journalist Petra Gerster traces Paul’s activities in Greece and Malta and looks at the facts and legends surrounding him. No one else played such a significant role in the development of early Christianity, and the Christian faith owes its worldwide success to him.