January 21-23, 2000
volume 11, no. 15
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259 A.D. Deaths of Saint Fructuosus, Bishop of Tarragona in Castile and the deacons Saint Augurius and Saint Eulogius at the hands of the Roman emperor Valerian.
279 A.D. Death of Saint Patroclus of Troyes, a rich Christian who provided provisions and housing for Christians throughout Troyes and, when discovered, was tortured and put to death for his faith.
304 A.D. Death of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. For more on her, see THIS WEEKEND'S LITURGY.
439 A.D. Death of Saint Epiphanius, bishop of Pavia who rebuilt the city after the hordes of Odoacer ransacked Pavia. He sought long and hard to ransom all citizens who had been taken hostage and that is how he died, contracting the deadly fever while traveling to pay the ransom.
861 A.D. Death of Saint Meinrad, Benedictine hermit from Switzerland who turned his back on the world and sought refuge in the mountains, founding a hermitage. On this date in 861 he befriended two men who came to him for help. It was a ruse and they first tried to rob him, but seeing he was only a poor hermit, flew into a rage and clubbed Meinrad to death. Today the St. Meinrad's Seminary in Indiana is named after him.
1118 A.D. Death of Pope Paschal II, 160th successor of Peter. His pontificate lasted nine years spanning the eleventh and twelfth centuries. This Ravenna-born Pope was forced into exile because of the investiture issue and struggle for supremacy between Paschal and Henry V who succeeded in having himself crowned, prolonging the emperor's right of investiture of bishops.
1008 A.D. Birth of Saint Wulfstan, Anglo-Saxon bishop of Worcester, England who would defend the faith against Norman invasion and end Bristol's slave trade.
1189 A.D. King Phillip II, Henry II and Richard the Lion-heartedteam up to set out on the Third Crusade.
1276 A.D. Cardinal Pierre of Tarentaise, a close confidant of Saint Albert the Great and Saint Thomas Aquinas, is chosen the 185th successor of Peter, becoming Blessed Pope Innocent V. He would be responsible for bringing the faith to the far east, baptizing the three ambassadors sent to him by the great Khan. Innocent would die six months later on June 22, 1276.
1998 A.D. Pope John Paul II touches down at Havana airport marking the historic occasion of his first visit ever to Cuba, one of the last bastions of Soviet communism. The fruits from this five-day visit would be plentiful as is evidenced today a year later.
418 A.D. Death of Saint Gaudentius, Bishop of Novara, Italy and martyred for Christ at Bergell.
628 A.D. Death of Saint Anastasius, a Persian soldier who was strangled and decapitated on the shores of the Euphrates River because he would not renounce his faith but rather converted all the prisoners and prison guards; so much so that even torture could not turn the flood of converts to this mystical, holy man. Miracles attributed to his intercession were said to have occurred abundantly after his death.
1045 A.D. Death of Brithwold, Benedictine Bishop of Ramsbury and Sarum. He possessed mystical gifts, receiving visions and messages from above.
1588 A.D. Pope Sixtus V issues his decree "Immense aeterni" reforming the Roman Curia.
1850 A.D. Death of Saint Vincent Pallotti, priest and teacher of theology in Rome, who was canonized during the Second Vatican Council by Pope Paul VI. He was born in April 21, 1795.
287 A.D. Death of Saint Asclas from Antinoe who died for his faith during the fierce persecution of Dioceletian. His bleeding body was tossed into the nile where crocodiles devoured him.
304 A.D. Death of Saint Ermerentiana, foster sister of Saint Agnes who was stoned to death while grieving at the tomb of her late relative just a few days after Agnes' death . Ermerentiana also died a virgin and martyr. She is considered the patron saint for those with stomach ailments.
309 A.D. Deaths of Saint Clement and Saint Agathangelus, both martyred at Ancyra under the command of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Clement was the Galatian Bishop of Ancyra and Agathangelus was a Roman soldier who was converted and baptized by Clement while he was in prison.
356 A.D. Death of Saint Amasius, Greek bishop of Teano, Italy who the Arians targeted because he refused to go along with the heresy.
667 A.D. Death of Saint Ildephonsus of Toledo, Spanish abbot, Cardinal and Archbishop of Toledo who unified the Spanish liturgy and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church.
841 A.D. Death of Saint Barnard of Vienne, French abbot and archbishop of Vienne who was raised in the inner sanctum of the court of Charlemagne.
880 A.D. Death of Saint Maimbod, Irish missionary who was martyred by pagan tribes in the Alsace region of France.
1998 A.D. Pope John Paul II, while in Cuba during his papal visit, condemns the United States policy of the three decade-long embargo against Cuba, imploring President Clinton to lift it for the sake of the people of Cuba. To this date Clinton has still not responded affirmatively.
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