Saint Mark was born in Cyrene, Libya, and died as a martyr circa April 25, 68, in Alexandria, Egypt. He Knew Christ personally and traveled with his cousin Saint Barnabas and Saint Paul on many religious missions. Mark converted many Egyptians to Christianity, and founded the Church of Alexandria.
The early church used to gather in the house of Mark’s mother, which indicates that Mark learned Peter’s teachings about Christ. Mark visited Peter in Rome at Paul’s request when Peter penned his first letter. The evangelist wrote the shortest canonic gospel, mostly to Gentile Christians living in Rome, narrating Jesus’ teachings and focusing Jesus’ actions. The gospel often narrates Jesus’ ministry in detail, presenting Jesus’ actions in a vivid style as a chain of incidents with great historical value, to show Jesus is the Son whom God has sent to rescue humanity by service and death on a cross.