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Clemens I, the Pope of Rome. Mosaic from St. Sophia of Kyiv, 11th c.

Feast of Saint Clement of Rome

(d. 100 A.D.)

St. Clement of Rome, also known as Pope St. Clement I, is considered the first Apostolic Father of the Church. He was Bishop of Rome after Peter, Linus and Cletus. He lived towards the end of the first century, but nothing is known for certain about his life. He is mentioned by name in the Bible by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:3. St. Clement is also said to be one of the band of seventy followers of Jesus’ ministry as described in the Gospels. Clement was a disciple of St. Peter and was ordained by him, and later became the fourth Bishop of Rome. Of his life and death little is known, but he has left one definite writing that has survived: a letter to the Church in Corinth, Greece. It is the first known Patristic document, and exhorts them to peace and brotherly harmony. The Basilica of St. Clement is one of the earliest parish churches of Rome and was built on the site of his home. Pope St. Clement I is the patron saint of mariners, sailors, marble-workers, stone-cutters, and sick children. His feast day is celebrated on November 23rd.

For more about Saint Clement of Rome and a Catholic perspective on Apostolic Succession and the Primacy of the Chair of St. Peter, please visit the article, Christians Have Always Recognized the Pope’s Authority — Here’s Proof From the 1st Century, by Dave Armstrong in the National Catholic Register, Sep 18, 2021.

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Let us remind ourselves, we are struggling on the same arena, and the same conflict is assigned to both of us. Let us be kind and merciful.”

Saint Clement of Rome I, pope
The Martyrdom of Saint Clement I, Pope 1596–97 Agostino Ciampelli

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope
Pope St Clement Adoring the Trinity (A Vision of the Trinity) by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Saint Clement of Rome, pope & martyrpray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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