Today is one of the big feast days of the year. In much of the world -- though not in the United States -- it's a holy day of obligation.
Read more about St. Paul (Apostle to the Gentiles) and St. Peter (our first pope) in the Catholic Encyclopedia.
These men, conquering all human frailty, shed their blood and helped the Church to grow. By sharing the cup of the Lord's suffering, they became the friends of God.