March 31-April 2, 2000
volume 11, no. 65
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1492 A.D. Because of insurrection against the Church, Spain orders all Jews and Sicilian Zionists to leave the country or comply with the Christian Church.
1495 Pope Alexander VI aligns with the "Holy League" to counter the military advances of King Charles VIII of France.
1547 A.D. Death of King Francis I, Catholic monarch of France
1621 A.D. Death of King Philip III, Catholic ruler of Spain
1132 A.D. Death of Saint Hugh of Grenoble, a Benedictine bishop who was in demand of the Popes of his time. He was canonized two years after his death by Pope Innocent III.
1204 A.D. Death of Queen Elanor of Aquitaine, the Catholic Queen of both England and France.
1375 A.D. Saint Catherine of Siena receives the Stigmata while on a visit to Pisa in northern Italy to organize religious revival in that city. Though the stigmata was invisible during her life, it became visible upon her death.
1406 A.D. Death of King Robert II of Scotland.
1548 A.D. Death of King Sigsimund I, monarch of Poland.
1611 A.D. Gallileo, under scrutiny by the Church for his views and theories, is received in private audience by Pope Paul V.
1888 A.D. Pope Leo XIII releases his 24th Encyclical, this one on his Sacertotal Jubilee or 50th anniversary of his priesthood, called Quod Anniversarius.
999 A.D. Pope Sylvester II elected as the 139th successor of Peter. Like Pope John Paul II, Sylvester was also a non-Italian and this French Pontiff, born in Auvergne, France, would prepare his universal flock for the second millennium - just as our Polish Pope is doing for the third millennium. Sylvester II would try to repress the debauchery of these times and, highly cultured, he would introduce the use of Arabic numbers.
1250 A.D. The Seventh Crusade, led by Saint Louis, King of France, is forced to surrender to the Muslimsm because of broken promises to the crusaders by Pope Innocent IV and Frederick II Hohenstaufen and his son Manfred.
1416 Death of King Ferdinand I, monarch of Aragon which would be annexed as an intricate part of Spain.
1502 Death of Prince Arthur, Prince of Wales and oldest brother of England's King Henry VIII.
1507 A.D. Death of Saint Francis of Paola, Franciscan and religous founder whose optional feast we celebrate today.
1559 The Marriage of Philip II King of Spain to Queen Isabella of France, solidifying the Catholic bloc in those two nations and ensuring Catholicism would prosper despite the reformation.
1899 Ordination at the Lateran University in Rome of Father Eugenio Maria Giovanni Pacelli who would, of course, go on to become Pope Pius XII.
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