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Saint Clement I

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Clement I, Saint, or Clement of Rome (d. c.101 A.D.), citizen of Rome, elected pope c.29 A.D. Third in succession to Saint Peter as bishop of Rome, he is most famous for a letter to the church in Corinth c.96 A.D., condemning pride and arrogance in the church. The letter, which, except for the scriptures, is the oldest surviving Christian text, clarified the order of succession from bishop to presbyter (elder) to deacon (assistant). His feast day is Nov. 23.

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