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102. St. Ignatius
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St. Ignatius of Antioch - Bishop and Martyr
Born - c.35 in Syria
Died - c.107 in Rome

Feastday - 1 February

Statue created - c.1669-1670
This was part of the group of 16 placed between May 1669 and August 1670.

Sculptor - workshop of Ercole Ferrata

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is shown in episcopal robes, and without a miter according to classic Eastern iconography.  In his left hand is the palm of martyrdom.

As one of the Fathers of the Greek Church, he is placed here close to Sts Athanasius (105) and Chrysostom (106)

Ignatius, of whom we don't know anything about his career before his arrest, was third bishop of Antioch. En route to Rome, where he suffered martyrdom by being fed to wild beasts, he wrote a series of letters that are an important source of early Christian theology.  He has been considered a disciple of St John the Evangelist, but there is no eidence for this supposition.

 

Saints on South Colonnade
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102. Ignatius of Antioch

101. Spyridon

Saints on South Colonnade
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98. Stephen - Far Right

 

Sources:
The Book of Saints, 2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli 1987 by de Luca Editore s.t.l.

 

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