Saint Martin I was a Pope who served from 649 to 655. He is the patron saint of the Diocese of Rome and of the city of Rome. He is also known as the "Apostle of the Slavs" for his efforts to convert the Slavs to Christianity.
Martin was born in Todi, Italy, and was elected Pope in 649. During his papacy, he faced opposition from the Byzantine Emperor Constans II, who was trying to impose Monothelitism, a heresy that denied the dual nature of Jesus Christ, on the Church. Martin firmly opposed this heresy and was exiled to Crimea as a result. He died in exile in 655, although the exact circumstances of his death are not known. He was the only Pope to be exiled by a Byzantine Emperor and also the last Pope to be exiled until Pope Pius IX in the 19th century.
Martin was known for his strong defense of the orthodox faith and his devotion to the poor and suffering. He was also a strong advocate for the rights of the Church against the state. He is remembered for his humility, his devotion to prayer, and his love for the poor.
Martin was canonized as a saint by Pope Leo XIII in 1881. His feast day is celebrated on April 13th.
In addition to his papacy, Saint Martin was known for his philanthropy, particularly for his care for the poor and the prisoners. He also supported the work of the monasteries and convents of the time and made sure that they were well-equipped to serve the needs of the faithful.
Saint Martin I was a Pope who served during a tumultuous period in the history of the Church. He is remembered for his defense of the orthodox faith and his devotion to the poor and suffering.