St Paul's footsteps European Cultural Route

Apostle Paul’s Heritage

Apart from Jesus, no person shaped the history of Christianity like the Apostle Paul. His personal encounter with Jesus Christ changed his life from persecutor to preacher for Christ. Paul preached for Christ throughout the Roman Empire on three missionary journeys. He wrote letters to various churches, many of which became part of the New Testament. Paul's pilgrimage made lands holy and places sacred. Follow in the footsteps of St Paul and experience the beauty of Pafos, Samothraki, Kavala (Neapolis), Philippi, Thessaloniki, Veria, Athens, Corinth, Lesvos, Samos, Cos, Rodos, Crete, Malta, Kefalonia (Meliti), and Rome where he was executed for the faith he once denounced.

Pauline Epistles

The Pauline epistles, also known as Epistles of Paul or Letters of Paul, are the thirteen books of the New Testament attributed to Paul the Apostle, although the authorship of some is in dispute. Among these epistles are some of the earliest extant Christian documents. They provide an insight into the beliefs and controversies of early Christianity. As part of the canon of the New Testament, they are foundational texts for both Christian theology and ethics.

Today, Paul's epistles continue to be vital roots of the theology, worship and pastoral life in the Latin and Protestant traditions of the West, as well as the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox traditions of the East. Paul's influence on Christian thought and practice has been characterized as being as "profound as it is pervasive", among that of many other apostles and missionaries involved in the spread of the Christian faith.