[ig-ney-shuh s]
  1. SaintIgnatius Theophorus, a.d. c40–107?, bishop of Antioch and Apostolic Father.
  2. SaintNicetas, a.d. 799?–878, patriarch of Constantinople 846–858, 867–878.
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  1. Saint, surnamed Theophorus. died ?110 ad, bishop of Antioch. His seven letters, written on his way to his martyrdom in Rome, give valuable insight into the early Christian Church. Feast day: Oct 17 or Dec 17 or 20
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masc. proper name, from Latin Ignatius, collateral form of Egnatius.

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