December 15, 2000
volume 11, no. 262

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for December 15th:

  • 320 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Nino, also called Saint Christiana, Georgian slave in Iberia. She effected countless conversions throughout the Russian state of Georgia because of her miraculous healings and devout faith. She is the Apostle of Georgia in Russia.

  • 687 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Sergius I is elected 84th successor of Peter, ruling for 14 years. Nominated after two antipopes, he would strive to extinguish the schism which had arisen in Rome itself, and would succeed in terminating Aquileia Sergius would introduce the use of the Agnus Dei into the Holy Mass.

  • 1855 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Mary di Rosa, foundress of the Handmaid of Charity in Brescia which ministered to the wounded on the warfront in Northern Italy and in the hospitals of Breschia. Five years after Pope Pius IX gave papal approval for her order, she died at Breschia of a disease at the age of 42 on this date and nearly a century later was canonized by Pope Pius XII.

  • 1945 A.D.
  • John J. O'Connor is ordained a priest at the age of 25 in Philadelphia. He, of course, would go on to be elevated to bishop and appointed cardinal by Pope John Paul II on May 25, 1985. He was the ranking prelate in America and one of the most respected cardinals in the College of Cardinals as the Archbishop of New York before his death last year on May 4, 2000.

  • 1952 A.D.
  • Pope Pius XII publishes his 25th encyclical Orientales Ecclesias on the persecutions suffered by the Eastern Church.

December 15, 2000
volume 11, no. 262

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