Also known as Simon and Cephas, his feast is celebrated with St. Paul on the 29 th of June. The feast of the Chair of Peter, which stands for the World Unity of the Church is celebrated on the 22nd of February.
He was a fisherman, brother of Saint Andrew the Apostle who led him to Christ. The Lord gave him the name of "Peter" to indicate that he would be the rock on which the Church would be built.
He had miraculous healing powers, so that people were cured even by his shadow. (Acts 5:15) He was the first Bishop of the Church, we can say that He was the first Pope. He died as a martyr, crucified head downward because he claimed he was not worthy to die in the same manner as the Lord. St. Peter died around 64 A.D.
The Lord said to Simon: (Matthew 16:18-19) And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.
19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.