Saint Paul was born in Tarsus in Cicilia about 10 A.D. of the
tribe of Benjamin
, and was a Roman citizen. As a young man, he was educated
in Jerusalem by Gamaliel, who gave him a thorough grounding in religious doctrine
of the school of Pharisees. He became a bitter persecutor of the infant Church.
But on the road to Damascus, where he was going to persecute and bring the few faithful
back to present to the Jewish Court, 34 A.D.,
of the Risen Jesus changed his whole life. The Risen Lord opened his mind to the
truth of the Christian faith and revealed that He had chosen him to be the Apostle
of the Pagans.