Pope Clement I Biography
Born In: Rome, Italy
Pope Clement I, also known as Saint Clement I, was the bishop of Rome from 88 CE to his death in 99 CE. He is considered one of the chief Apostolic Fathers of the Church along with Polycarp and Ignatius of Antioch. Not much is known about his life as only a few credible sources of information from his era are available to historians. However, it is known for sure that he was a leading member of the church in Rome and a major religious figure in the late 1st century. He is believed to have been a prolific writer of letters and the works once attributed to him were considered important sources of information about Christianity in the 1st century. However, according to modern historians, many of the letters once believed to have been produced by him were mistakenly attributed to him. Only one genuine piece of writing, a letter to the Church of Corinth, is still credited to him. According to traditional sources, Clement was imprisoned by Emperor Trajan who did not approve of the former’s religious activities. The emperor then had him executed by drowning. Revered as a martyr, Clement I is considered a patron saint of mariners.