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Saint Luke [Gr. Lucas], traditional author of the third Gospel (see Luke, Gospel according to Saint) and of its sequel, the Acts of the Apostles. Paul's letter to the Colossians identifies him as "the beloved physician" and implies that he was a Gentile. Eusebius in his Ecclesiastical History affirms the tradition that Luke accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey and on his journey to Rome. According to tradition he was a painter and died a martyr. As an evangelist his symbol is an ox. Feast: Oct. 18.

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Luke, St. Travelling companion of Paul, and (according to tradition) author of the third gospel and Acts of the Apostles. Luke was a physician (Colossians 4. 11) who stayed with Paul in his imprisonment. Later tradition made him a painter, and in the Middle Ages a picture in Rome of the Virgin Mary was ascribed to him. He is the patron saint of doctors and artists. Feast day, 18 Oct.

The Gospel according to Luke is the third book of the New Testament. It forms a two-part work with the book of Acts.

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Luke, St an evangelist, closely associated with St Paul and traditionally the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. A physician, he was possibly the son of a Greek freedman of Rome.

His emblem is an ox, one of the animals of the Tetramorph, and he may be portrayed painting the Virgin, or shown with surgical instruments. He is sometimes referred to as the beloved physician. His feast day is 18 October.

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Luke, Saint Author, according to Christian tradition, of the gospel that bears his name and of the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament. He is said to have been a physician, to have been able to speak and write Greek, and may have been a non-Jew born in Antioch, Syria (modern-day Antakya, Turkey). He was a co-worker of the apostle Saint Paul. Luke is the patron saint of painters. His feast day is October 18.

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