(d. September 16, 655)
Saint Martin I was made Pope in 649, and was the leader of the Church in a very difficult period in history. Patriarchs and the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire were too involved in the acceptance of Church teaching, and so heresies were a problem. Martin stood up for what was right and true, and so the authorities tried to have him killed. When that failed, they arrested and tortured him, with the intention of putting him to death. He was eventually freed, but was already old, sick and weak from the torture, and died soon after. He was considered a martyr as a result of his death.