November 11, 2000
volume 11, no. 228

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for November 11th:

  • 537 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Silverius, 58th successor of Peter who died a martyr, being assassinated on the island of Ponza where he had been exiled by Belisarius, the captain of the Byzantine army of the Emperor Justinian who had captured Rome during Silverius' pontificate which lasted one and a half years. Justinian demanded that Silverius renounce the papacy. All this added to the growing schism between east and west.

  • 1215 A.D.
  • Pope Innocent III opens the 12th Ecumenical Council, also called Lateran IV, in Rome in which the council planned a crusade, issued decrees on annual Communion, reinforced their condemnation of the Albigensian heresy and passed reforms.

  • 1417 A.D.
  • Cardinal Oddo Colonna is elected Pope Martin V, 206th successor of Peter. He would celebrate the 5th Holy Year and for the first time a "Holy Door" is opened in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. He was a great patron of the arts and during his papacy the Renaissance would begin to flourish.

November 11, 2000
volume 11, no. 228

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