April 7-9, 2000
volume 11, no. 70
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1498 A.D. Death of King Charles VIII, monarch of France during the reign of Pope Alexander VI.
1506 A.D. Birth of Saint Francis Xavier, close friend of Saint Ignatius Loyola and one of the first Jesuits. He is known as the "Apostle of the Far East" and, along with Saint Therese the Little Flower, is the patron saint of missions.
1521 A.D. The explorer and navigator Ferdinand Magellan arrives in the Philippines at the port of Cebu, bringing the faith to the edge of Oceania.
1537 A.D. One of the last Roman Catholic abbeys in England is forced to turn over jurisdiction to King Henry VIII who had bolted from Rome the same year.
1614 A.D. Death of the Spanish master painter Dominico Teotocopulo, better known as El Greco who was born in Crete.
1378 A.D. The first conclave at the Vatican since 1303, due to the Avignon exile, the College of Cardinals elect the Archbishop of Bari, Cardinal Bartolomeo Prignano as Pope Urban VI, the two hundred second successor of Peter.
1455 A.D. Spanish born Cardinal Alfonso de Borgia is elected the 209th successor of Peter and takes the name Pope Callixtus III. It was Callixtus who instituted the Feast of the Transfiguration.
1546 A.D. Pope Paul III decrees the Apocrypha or body of writings on religious matters outside the canon of Scriputre which are accepted by Holy Mother Church as the basis for many of the documents at the Council of Trent.
1605 A.D. Birth of Philip IV, the future King of Spain, to the acting head of Spain King Philip III during the earliest days of Pope Leo XI's papacy.
1862 A.D. Pope Pius IX releases his 20th Encyclical on this day to the Bishops of the Oriental Rite Amantissimus on the care of the churches of the Eastern rites in union with Rome.
1483 A.D. Death of Edward IV, King of England. His brother Richard becomes the "Protector" of Edward's son - twelve year-old Edward V.
1486 A.D. Maximilian I is crowned King of Germany during the reign of Pope Innocent VIII
1944 A.D. His Holiness Pius XII issues his sixth encyclical on St. Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria in Orientalis Ecclesiae.
1990 A.D. Pope John Paul II decrees the beatification of Blessed Juan Diego that is confirmed at ceremonies on May 6th, 1990 in Rome.
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