MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred on May 31 in Church History
Historical Events in Church Annals for May 31:
Pope Eugene IV, 207th successor of Peter, crowns Sigismund of Germany as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in Rome.
Pope Clement VII, 219th successor of Peter, convenes the Papal Legates to
discuss what action to take against King Henry VIII of England. However, as had become customary during his reign, he took no decisive action in the matter of the King's question of divorce and
remarriage. The indecisiveness led, inevitably, to the excommunication of the king, and
the schism between England and the Church in Rome, spawning the Anglican Church.
Archeologist Antonio Bosio discovers the ancient catacombs beneath Rome by accident. His
discovery led to an investigation of these Christian burial sites, which provided much
information on the early Christians, their martyrdom, and the relics of many saints.