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Clement I, Saint

Saint Clement I, or Clement of Rome (klĕm´ənt), d. AD 97?, pope (AD 88?–AD 97?), martyr; successor of St. Cletus. He may have known the apostles Peter and Paul and was a highly esteemed figure in the church. His letter to the church at Corinth was considered canonical by some until the 4th cent. It is notable for the authority Clement assumes in the name of the Church of Rome in resolving the factionalism that was afflicting the Corinthians and in enjoining the need for order in the church. St. Clement was the first Christian writer to use the myth of the phoenix as an allegory of the Resurrection. Many writings have been wrongly attributed to him, particularly the so-called Second Epistle of St. Clement to the Corinthians. He is represented in frescoes in the Church of San Clemente, Rome. He was succeeded by St. Evaristus. Feast: Nov. 23.

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Clement

Clement male forename, name of two saints.
St Clement of Alexandria (c.150–c.215), Greek theologian. He was head of the catechetical school at Alexandria (c.190–202), but was forced to flee from Roman imperial persecution. His main contribution to theological scholarship was to relate the ideas of Greek philosophy to the Christian faith. His feast day is 5 December.
St Clement of Rome (1st century ad), pope (bishop of Rome) c.88–c.97, probably the third after St Peter; he wrote an epistle c.96 to the Church at Corinth, insisting that certain deposed presbyters be reinstated.

In later tradition he became the subject of a variety of legends; one held that he was martyred by being thrown into the sea with an anchor round his neck. His feast day is 23 November.

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Clement of Rome, St

Clement of Rome, St. Traditional third bishop of Rome, perhaps to be connected with the fellow worker of Paul (Philippians 4. 3). A letter from the Roman church to that of Corinth is ascribed to him and is known as 1 Clement.

A mass of other early Christian literature circulated under Clement's name. The most important are the Clementine Homilies and Recognitions (3rd–4th cents.).

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Clement I, Saint

Clement I, Saint (active late 1st century ad) ( Clement of Rome) Pope (c.88–97). His epistle to the Church at Corinth (c.96) stated the need for unity within the Church. He was executed for refusing to pledge allegiance to the Roman Emperor. His feast day is November 23.

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