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