Saint Ignatius of Antioch is the patron of the Church in North Africa and the Church in eastern Mediterranean. He was a convert to Christianity from paganism and succeeded Saint Peter the Apostle as the bishop of Antioch. St. Ignatius of Antioch is the first to have used the term Catholic Church and was martyred by being thrown to wild animals. Legend holds that he was the infant which Jesus took in his arms in Chapter 9 of the gospel of Mark. St. Ignatius of Antioch's feast day is October 17th.