St. Bartholomew, also known as Nathanael, first heard about Jesus when he was sitting under a fig tree. His friend, St. Phillip told him they had found the Messiah but Bartholomew was sceptical. When he met Jesus, the Lord called him ‘a man without deceit’. St. Bartholomew recognized Jesus as the Son of God and followed Him. Together with St. Jude, St. Bartholomew brought the Gospel to Armenia where he died a terrible death by being skinned. This is why he is sometimes shown with a knife that was used to torture him. St. Bartholomew’s feast day is on 24 August.