Liber Pontificalis – Clement I

detail of a stained glass window of Pope Saint Clement I, church of Saint Clement, Arpajon, France, 1895; photographed on 6 April 2012 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Clement, by nationality a Roman, from the district of the Celian Hill, son of Faustinus, occupied the see 9 years, 2 months and 10 days. He was bishop in the time of Galba and Vespasian from the consulship of Tragalus and Italicus (a.d. 68) until the year when Vespasian was consul for the 9th time and Titus was consul with him (a.d. 79). He wrote many books in his zeal for the faith of the Christian religion and was crowned with martyrdom.

He created 7 districts and assigned them to faithful notaries of the church that they might make diligent, careful and searching inquiry, each in his own district, regarding the acts of the martyrs. He composed two epistles which are called catholic.

He, by direction of the blessed Peter, undertook the pontifical office of governing the church, even as Peter received the seat of authority from the Lord Jesus Christ; moreover in the epistle which he wrote to James thou mayest learn in what manner the church was entrusted to him by the blessed Peter. Therefore Linus and Cletus are recorded before him for the reason that they were ordained bishops also by the chief of the apostles to perform the priestly ministry.

He held two ordinations in the month of December, 10 priests, 2 deacons and 15 bishops in divers places.

He died a martyr in the third year of Trajan.

He also was buried in Greece, November 24.

And the bishopric was empty 21 days.

MLA Citation

  • Louise Ropes Loomis, PhD., translator. “Clement I”. Liber Pontificalis, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 November 2015. Web. 20 May 2019. <>