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Some time ago my wife and I were watching Biography. It was about the development of the papacy, starting with Peter. Following the ascension Peter went to Rome. He is talked about some in Acts and Paul’s letters so his travel to Rome is taken pretty much at face value. They said, however, that tradition has it he went to Rome to escape persecution of Christians in Jerusalem. During the time that Nero was emperor of Rome, persecution of Christians began there and tradition says that Peter ran again. He only came back when he had a vision of Jesus carrying his cross. Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?” and Jesus responded saying, “To Rome to be crucified again.” With that the tradition says, Peter returned to Rome where he himself was crucified, upside down by his own choice because, he didn’t deserve to be crucified in the same manner as Jesus. Once again, that leads us to the question, Peter, a rock man?

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