The following paragraph is taken from the "Catholic Almanac"

A Galilean, son of Zebedee, brother of John (with whom he was called a "Son of Thunder"), a fisherman; with Peter and John, witnessed the raising of Jairus' daughter to life, the transfiguration, the agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemani; first of the Apostles to die, by the sword in 44 during the rule of Herod Agrippa; there is doubt about a journey legend says he made to Spain and also about the authenticity of relics said to be his at Santiago de Compostela; in art, is depicted carrying a pilgrim's bell; July 25 (Roman Rite), Apr 30 (Byzantine Rite).



James the Greater 

Patron Saint: Pharmacists
Additional Patronages: Arthritis sufferers, Laborers
*Named "Greater" because he was the first Apostle named James
Prayer of St James:

O glorious Apostle, Saint James,
who by reason of thy fervent and generous heart was choen by Jesus
to be witness of His glory on Mount Tabor, and of His agony in Gethsemane;
thou, whose very name is a symbol of warfare and victory:
obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending warfare of this life,
that, having constantly and generously followed Jesus,
we may be voctors in the strife and deserve to receive the victor's crown in heaven.

Died: Age 44. Stabbing by King Herod Agrippa. According to legend, St. James' body was carried by Angels to Spain in a boat. Then, rock formations closed around the boat.

Why he is venerated by the Holy Roman Catholic Church:

Brought back to life a five year old boy who was falsely accused of a crime and hung
Brought back a roasted bird on the table of the boys' Father to prove that he brought the boy back to life