January 26, 2000
volume 11, no. 18
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347 A.D. Death of Saint Paula, Roman Patrician widow who provided provisions for Saint Jerome, Saint Epiphanius and Saint Paulinus of Antioch. Before becoming a Jeronomite abbess, she distributed all her riches for the building of hospitals, monasteries, convents and churches in the city of Bethlehem.
648 A.D. Death of Saint Conan, Irish saint and bishop who ministered to the people of Scotland and the Isle of Man where he was the first bishop of Sodor on the island.
681 A.D. Death of Saint Thordgith, a mystic and victim soul who was the novice mistress of the convent founded by Saiint Ethelburga at Barking Abbey.
1108 A.D. Death of Saint Alberic, monastery founder and second abbot of the Cistercian Monastery at Citeaux in France.
1188 A.D. Death of Saint Austin, Bishop, abbot and missionary. He penned the accounts of Saint Olaf a fellow Norwegian, and evangelized England as well as Greenland and Iceland.
1270 A.D. Death of Saint Margaret of Hungary, the austere and holy Queen of Hungary who died in Budapest on this date at only 28 years-old. This devoted woman, who had a tremendous devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, sometimes saying 1000 Hail Mary's a day, was an example to all through her humble observance of penances and austere lifestyle. She was related to Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Saint Hedwig and King Saint Stephen.
1999 A.D. Archbishop Justin Rigali welcomes his close friend Pope John Paul II to St. Louis, Missouri on this date, the Pope's first visit ever to the Gateway City. During his 24 hour stay the Holy Father made an impassioned plea to the state's governor to grant a stay of execution for a prisoner on death row who was scheduled to be put to death. It was a strong statement for the Sanctity of Life which the Pope emphasized to overflowing crowds in this midwest metropolis on the Mississippi. It was his final stop after closing the Synod of the Americas in Mexico City for three days just prior to his arrival in St. Louis enroute for Rome.
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