December 2, 2000
volume 11, no. 249

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for December 2nd:

  • 362 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Bibiana, virgin and martyr, who, along with her sister Demetria were arrested during the persecution of Julian the Apostate. Demetria fell dead immediately when arrested but Bibiana's martyrdom lasted much longer as she willingly accepted being scourged to death for Jesus.

  • 537 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Silverius, 58th successor of Peter, During his one year plus pontificate this Frosinone-born holy Pope was captured by the Byzantine armies of Justinian under the command of Belisarius who exiled Silverius to the island of Ponza where he was martyred for his faith when he was forced to renounce the Papacy but not his faith.

  • 1804 A.D.
  • Pope Pius VII, in order to keep peace, travels to Paris where he is asked to crown Napoleon Bonaparte emperor of France. When he attempts to place the crown on the little general's head, Bonaparte grabs it and places it on his own head in defiance of Rome. Shortly after he would show his disregard for the Holy See by invading Rome and the Vatican, forcing the Pope to flee for awhile.

  • 1967 A.D.
  • Death of Cardinal Francis J. Spellman, fifth archbishop of New York City. He would be succeeded by Cardinal Terrence Cooke and later by Cardinal John O'Connor.

December 2, 2000
volume 11, no. 249

Return to Front Page of Current Issue