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Clement of Rome

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Our father among the saints '''Clement of Rome''' (also called '''Clemens Romanus''' to distinguish him from [[Clement of Alexandria]]) was the third in succession after the Apostle [[Apostle Peter]] as Bishop bishop of Rome. Clement is known mainly for the letter he wrote to the Corinthians in about AD 96. He is counted among the [[Church Fathers|apostolic fathers]]. His [[feast day]] is [[November 23]].
Little is known of Clement’s life. What is known is from writers who wrote over a hundred years after his death, often inconsistently, and with great variety. These writers include [[Tertullian]], [[Jerome]], [[Irenaeus of Lyons|Irenaeus]], Epiphanius, and [[Eusebius of Caesarea|Eusebius]]. His birth date is not known. He may have met Ss Peter and Paul and may have been [[ordination|ordain]]ed by St Peter. There are confusing propositions that associate him with the Clement in Paul’s letters (Phil., 4.:3 (KJV)) and to a consul T. Flavius Clemens associations that now are considered not probable.
Clement is believed to have been named [[bishop]] of Rome in about 88 and held the position until about 98, when he died. These dates are also uncertain. Early sources noted that he died a natural death, perhaps in Greece. A tradition dated from the ninth century tells of his [[martyr]]dom in Crimea in 102 by drowning when thrown onboard overboard from a boat with a ship’s anchor tied to him.
The letter sent in about the year 96 to the Church of Corinth in the name of the [[Church of Rome]] has been attributed to Clement. The letter was sent in an attempt to restore peace and unity in the Corinth Church Corinthian church, where apparently a few violent people had revolted against the leadership of the [[church]] community.
A second letter to the Corinthians had also been attributed to Clement based upon its inclusion in a Greek manuscript that included Clement’s first letter, with the title of “Second Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians.” But, when a missing ending to the “letter” was found, it proved to be a [[homily]] of unknown authorship.

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