Ignatius of Antioch (/ɪɡˈnʃəs/; Greek: Ἰγνάτιος Ἀντιοχείας, Ignátios Antiokheías; died c. 108/140 AD),[3][4][8][9][10] also known as Ignatius Theophorus (Ἰγνάτιος ὁ Θεοφόρος, Ignátios ho Theophóros, lit. "the God-bearing"), was an early Christian writer and Patriarch of Antioch. While en route to Rome, where he met his martyrdom, Ignatius wrote a series of letters. This correspondence now forms a central part of a later collection of works known to be authored by the Apostolic Fathers. He is considered to be one of the three most important of these, together with Clement of Rome and Polycarp. His letters also serve as an example of early Christian theology. Important topics they address include ecclesiology, the sacraments, and the role of bishops.

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Ignatius of Antioch
Fresco of St. Ignatius from Hosios Loukas Monastery, Boeotia, Greece
Bishop, Martyr, Apostolic Father
BornProvince of Syria, Roman Empire
DiedEusebius: c. AD 108 [1][2]

Pervo: AD 135–140 [3]

Barnes: 140s AD[4]
Rome, Roman Empire
Venerated inCatholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodoxy
Church of the East
Anglican Communion
Lutheranism
CanonizedPre-congregation by John the Apostle (said in later writings)
Major shrineBasilica of San Clemente, Rome, Italy
Feast20 December (Eastern Orthodox Church)
24 Koiak (martyrdomCoptic Christianity[5])
7 Epip (commemoration - Coptic Christianity[6])
17 October (Catholic Church, Church of England and Syriac Christianity)
1 February (General Roman Calendar, 12th century–1969)
Monday after 4th Sunday of Advent (Armenian Apostolic Church)[7]
Attributesa bishop surrounded by lions or in chains
PatronageChurch in eastern Mediterranean; Church in North Africa
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