Apostle, born Island of Cyprus, c.1 AD; died probably there, c.60. Of Jewish parents he was converted to Christianity shortly after Pentecost, 29. Although not of the chosen Twelve Apostles, Barnabas is mentioned frequently in the Acts, and is included among the prophets and doctors at Antioch, where he received the name Barnabas, signifying son of consolation (Acts 4; 13). He became associated with Saint Paul, with whom he worked for the conversion of the Gentiles, and whom he accompanied to Cyprus and the cities of Asia. He later made another visit to Cyprus with John Mark. Tradition states that he was martyred. Emblems: stones, ax, lance. Feast, Roman Calendar, 11 June.