Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is a unique anniversary in the long and illustrious history of the Sovereign Pontiffs. On this date in 867 Pope Hadrian II or Adrian became the 106th successor of Peter. His pontificate would last exactly five years for it was also on this date in 872 that he passed away at the age of 80. He is remembered both as the first Pope to coronate an English monarch, the Pontiff who convened the 8th Ecumenical Council in Constantinople which ended the Greek Schism, and the last Supreme Pontiff to come from the married state. He had been a married deacon and, in those days, the Church permitted him to be ordained if he had already been wed. Thus he joined Saint Peter, the first married man to be Pope, as the last married man to be Pope.
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True tolerance extends love and patience
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
"There can be another form of tolerance which is right, such as one inspired by true charity or love of God. Even though the virtuous may hold absolutely to their philosophy of life, they do so, not because they look down on the views of others as not as good as their own, but because their own beliefs are so real to them that they would not have anyone else hold them with less reason, less love and less devotion."