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In somewhere between 65 and 70 AD, a legendary story about the Apostle Peter arose. The great fire of Rome was burning and smoldering. Apostle Peter a leader of the church and evangelist at the time was fleeing Rome. Reportedly, Peter saw a vision of Jesus carrying a cross into Rome. Peter stopped and said, “Quo Vadis, Domine?” which means “Lord where are you going?” Jesus responded by saying “where I go you cannot come, but you will come later,” a quote from the end of the Gospel of John.


Peter took that to mean that Christ was going to Rome in order to be crucified again, alongside all of the Christians who were being crucified and put to death. This gave Peter the courage to return to Rome himself, where he would later be crucified upside down alongside of his wife for his faith.