Saints of the Canon – Saint Clement

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 CommonsSaint Clement was the fourth Pope, reigning from 90 to 100 A.D. He is the Clement mentioned by Saint Paul:

“And I entreat you also, my sincere companion, (Syzygus) help those women who have laboured with me in the Gospel, with Clement, and the rest of my fellow-labourers, whose names are in the book of life.” (Philippians 4:3).

Saint Clement’s Epistle to the Church of Corinth is an important historical document. Saint Irenaeus writes of Saint Clement: “This man, as he had seen the Apostles and conferred with them, might be said to have the preaching of the Apostles still in his ears and their traditions before his eyes.”

He was banished by the Emperor Trajan to the Crimea, where his apostolate among the Christian slaves working in the marble quarries merited for him a martyr’s crown. An anchor was fastened to his neck and he was cast into the sea. His bones were brought to Rome where they lie today in the basilica of San Clemente, one of Rome’s most interesting churches. There are three distinct buildings one over the other, of which the lowest is believed to be the house in which Saint Clement lived. San Clemente is in charge of the Irish Dominicans.

– from The Saints of the Canon, by Monsignor John T. McMahon, M.A., Ph.D; Australian Catholic Truth Society, 1958