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St. Ignatius of Antioch

Feast day:  October 17

St. Ignatius of Antioch St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. St. Peter himself appointed him as bishop proving St. Ignatius' exemplary pastor for over 40 years.

During the persecution of Trajan, St. Ignatius was arrested and brought to Rome and was sentenced to be devoured by wild beasts. On his long journey he confirmed many brethren in their faith and wrote seven famous letters. Many Christians in Rome wanted him to be released by bribing the judges. St. Ignatius wrote to them saying: "Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God. I am God's wheat and shall be ground by heir teeth so that I may become Christ's pure bread".

His journey came to an end in 107 when he arrived in Rome. He was at once hurried off to the Coliseum for his cruel execution. Two fierce lions, that were kept starving for several days, devoured him immediately.

His few remaining bones are now presently venerated in Rome as one of the most precious relic.

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