Pope St. Clement I of rome
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Saint Clement I of Rome is listed by Irenaeus and Tertullian as the fourth Pope, or bishop of Rome, holding office from 88 AD to his death in 99 AD. He is said to have been consecrated by Peter the Apostle and is considered the first Apostolic Father of the Church, along with Polycarp and Ignatius of Antioch. Also Dionysius of Corinth and Irenaeus of Lyon both viewed Clement as a monarchial bishop who intervened in the dispute in the church of Corinth. He is the author of the First Letter of Clement to the Corinthians (1st Clement) and a second letter known as Second Clement (2nd Clement). His first letter to the Corinthians, which is one of the oldest extant Christian documents outside the New Testament, was read in church, along with other epistles, some of which later became part of the Christian canon.
According to tradition, Clement was imprisoned under the Emperor Trajan; during this time he is recorded to have led a ministry among fellow prisoners. Thereafter he was executed by being tied to an anchor and thrown into the sea. Later Tradition has identified him as the Clement that Paul mentioned in Philippians 4:3.
Quotes & Excerpts:
“(The Apostles) preached through town and countryside, appointing the earliest converts, testing them by the Spirit, to be the bishops and deacons of future believers. Nor was this a novelty, for bishops and deacons had been written about a long time earlier.” 1st Clement 42:4-5
“The Apostles knew through our Lord lesus Christ that there would be strife for the office of bishop For this reason, therefore… they appointed the aforesaid persons and afterwards added the further provision that, if they should die, other approved men should succeed to their ministry.”
– First Letter of Clement 44:1-3