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ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH -- Catholic saint and martyr, bishop of Antioch in the first century, was executed by the roman empire by being mauled to death by lions.

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Ignatius of Antioch (also known as Theophorus) (ca. 35 or 50-between 98 and 117) was among the Apostolic Fathers, the third Bishop and Patriarch of Antioch, and possibly a student of John the Apostle. En route to hisæmartyrdom in Rome, Ignatius wrote a series of letters which have been preserved as an example of very early Christian theology. Important topics addressed in these letters include ecclesiology, the sacraments, and the role of bishops. St. Ignatius was Bishop of Antioch after…