Clement of Rome

Clement of Rome

  • Contemporary of the Apostles
  • Knew Peter and Paul (Philippians 4:3)
  • Disciple of Peter
  • 3rd Bishop of Rome
  • Wrote I Clement epistle that was circulated and loved by the early church
  • Martyred ~100 AD for his success in evangelizing

In approximately  110 A.D. Clement was sentenced to a martyr’s death in the arena by the Emperor Trajan. According to a fourth century story, Trajan had banished the pope to the Crimea in the southern Ukraine because of his success in evangelization, where he satisfied the thirst of two thousand Christian confessors by a miracle. The people of the country were converted and seventy‑five churches built. A frustrated Trajan then ordered Clement to be thrown into the sea with an iron anchor. But he had an impact even after his martyrdom because the tide receded two miles every year, finally, revealing a divinely built shrine which contains the martyr’s bones.

IGNATIUS of ANTIOCH
POLYCARP
JUSTIN MARTYR
IRENAEUS of LYON
ORIGEN of ALEXANDRIA
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