January 25, 2000
volume 11, no. 17
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380 A.D. Death of Saint Bretannion, Bishop of Tomi in Scythia on the Black Sea. Because of his undying loyalty to Rome and belief in Christ's Divinity, the Arian Emperor Valens stripped St. Bretannion of his rightful bishopric and exiled him, but the total revolt of the people of his diocese forced Valens to reinstall him.
395 A.D. Death of Saint Apollo, an Egyptian anchorite who attracted over 500 monks to his hermitage outside of Hermopolis in Greece. He was elected abbot and intended to stay on, but the great threat posed by Julian the Apostate prompted Apollo to vacate his role as abbot to go back into the world to combat the heresies being spread about the Divinity of Jesus.
460 A.D. Death of Saint Donwenna, a virgin from Wales whose smile and loving spirituality moved many to consider her the patron saint of lovers in her region with many legends attributed to her, but they remain just that, legends and her cult really only exists in Welsh circles.
597 A.D. Death of Saint Eochod, who was a disciple of Saint Columba and was dispatched to northern Britain. He is considered the Apostle of the Picts of Galloway.
676 A.D. Death of Saint Praejectus, Bishop of Clermont, France. This eloquent and wise preacher founded numerous monasteries, churches and hospitals throughout his see in Auvergne.
660 A.D. Death of Saint Ragnobert, first Frankish Bishop of the Diocese of Autun.
844 A.D. Death of Pope Gregory IV, 101st successor of Peter. This Roman-born pontiff was elected on September 20, 827. During his seventeen year pontificate Gregory organized a powerful army under the command of the Duke of Tuscany which defeated the Saracens in Africa five times. These however, having landed in Italy, destroyed Civitavechia and Ostia and threatened Rome. He died as the Saracens stormed the gates.
1048 A.D. Death of Saint Poppo, Benedictine abbot of Stavelot. After repenting of his wayward life in the military by making pilgrimages to Rome and Jerusalem in penitence for his sins, he became a Benedictine monk and played a significant role in reviving monastic life throughout Flanders.
1533 A.D. King Henry VIII seals his fate and the fate of the Church throughout England by marrying Anne Boleyn after divorcing his wife Catherine of Aragon.
1959 A.D. Pope John XXIII, less than three months after having been chosen the 261st successor of Peter, made the startling announcement outside St. Paul outside-the-walls Church that he was going to convene the Second Vatican Council as well as a diocesan synod of Bishops for Rome, and revise Canon Law. He held the synod a year later at St. John Lateran, the first such synod of Bishops in Rome's long history.
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