November 24, 2000
volume 11, no. 241
MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History
Historical Events in Church Annals for November 24th:
Pope Saint Anastasius II is chosen 30th successor of Peter on this date. This Roman born pontiff would serve for two years, dying on November 19th, 498. His pontificate was marked by the conversion of King Clovis, monarch of the Franks which would bring the faith to all of France. It is Anastasius who is unfairly portrayed as being in hell in the poet Dante Alighieri's famous "Dante's Inferno.
The Jerusalem-born Pope Theodore I becomes the 73rd in the line of Peter. His papacy would last seven years and he died of poisoning at the hands of schismatics. He added the title "Sovereign" to that of "Pontiff," and restored order to the internal Jurisdiction of the clergy. His seven year papacy would be marked by grave disagreements between himself and the Eastern Emperor Costans II.
Pope Alexander III returns to Rome at the invitation of the citizens on this date from exile after Frederick of Barbarossa had established the antipope Paschal III. Though he was welcome, he could not offset the ruthless power of Barbarossa.
Birth of Blessed Junipero Serra in Petra on the island of Majorca. He would go on to enter the Franciscan Order in 1730 and become the pioneer missionary of the west coast of America, establishing 21 missions in California and dying there in Monterrey on August 28, 1784.