Apostolic Fathers of the Church
Catholic Christians believe that the promise of the Spirit of
Truth to guide believers in truth is found in the constant faith
of the Church preserved in the writings of the Apostolic Fathers.
The term "Apostolic Fathers" applies to
certain disciples and
successors of the twelve apostles
. In a more restricted sense,
the term is applied to a group of
were among the martyrs and major
figures of the 1st and 2nd centuries
in the Christian Church.