Feast-day: 17 October
When did St. Ignatius of Antioch live: in the first century
Biography of St. Ignatius of Antioch:
St. Ignatius was a student of John the Apostle and consecrated Bishop of Antioch by Paul, the first Pope. He was converted to Christianity at a young age and wrote some of the first writings considered as examples of early Christian theology. Ignatius of Antioch was arrested by the authorities and sentenced to death in the colosseum of Rome. Friends of Ignatius brought his remains back to Antioch where he was buried and later transferred to Tychaeum. In the year 637, the relics where brought to the Basilica di San Clemente in Rome.
Patronage: St. Ignatius is patron saint of the Church in eastern Mediterranean and the Church in North Africa.
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Ignatius of Antiochia - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Ignatius of Antioch is shown as a bishop with miter, the crosier, book and a lion at his feet.