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Chosen by lot to become one of the Twelve Disciples after the death of Judas Iscariot, St. Matthias is thought to have been a follower of Jesus since the time of his baptism in the Jordan (Theophany). Matthias is mentioned by name only in the Acts of the Apostles, and Eusebius records that Matthias was among the 70 (72). Legends say that he preached in Judea and in Cappadocia, as well as on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Some say that Matthias died shortly after his election and that Paul succeeded him. Others say that Matthias was crucified or cut to pieces at Colchis. St. Helena is supposed to have taken his relics from Jerusalem to Rome.
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