August 31, 2000
volume 11, no. 156

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 31st:

  • 651 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Irish saint. This missionary monk who became a bishop was a scholar of the bible who had many miracles attributed to him after his death.

  • 1240 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Raymond Nonnatus whose last name is derived from the fact he was born via Caesarian operation rather than natural birth - "non natus". He made the most of his life, joining the Mercedarians and offered his own life in ransom. Having been imprisoned and tortured by the Moors, he suffered greatly but was rescued via ransom by Saint Peter Nola but he died shortly thereafter. St. Raymond is the patron saint of midwives.

  • 1522 A.D.
  • The Netherlands' Cardinal Hadrian Florensz Dedal, Bishop of Utrecht is selected as the 218th successor of Peter. He took the name Pope Hadrian VI and served only a little over a year. His papacy was frought with not grasping the seriousness of the threat of Lutheranism until it was too late. Though he was engaged in a deep struggle against those who were harassing the Church - both Protestants and Turks, he was hampered by diminishing coffers and the immense dislike for a non-Italian pontiff. Interestingly, he was the last non-Italian Pope until John Paul II was elected in 1978.

  • 1535 A.D.
  • Pope Paul III prepares the bull that would excommunicate King Henry VIII for his disobedience to the Holy See, but it would not be enacted on until December 17, 1538.

August 31, 2000
volume 11, no. 156

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