October 11, 2000
volume 11, no. 197

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 11th:

  • 304 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Andronius, Saint Probus and Saint Tarachus, martyrs of Cilici who were put to death in the amphitheatre and fed to the animals but the beasts would not touch them. Hence, the Romans had these men put to death by the sword and the animals still refused to lick the blood.

  • 599 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Kenneth of Kilkenny, Irish-born monk who was a close friend of Saint Columba. Legend has it the Holy Spirit would warn him of dangers from afar so that he could pray in intercession for others. One such account was of the time Kenneth was sitting down to a meal in the monastery refectory at Kilkenny when suddenly he bolted for the chapel, knowing Columba was in a serious storm at sea on his way to Scotland. After intense prayer by Kenneth, Columba's ship made it safely to port thanks to the former's devout prayers.

  • 1303 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Boniface VIII, 193rd successor of Peter who began the conceb of Jubilee Years, celebrating the first in 1300. He had a bitter on-going feud and all-out war with France's King Philip the Fair with both excommunicating each other over investiture and Boniface's Papal Bull Unam Sanctam.

  • 1521 A.D.
  • Pope Leo X infers the title "Defender of the Faith" on King Henry VIII. A few years later that would change when the English monarch would rebel vehemently against Rome and Pope Clement VII.

  • 1954 A.D.
  • Pope Pius XII releases his 30th encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam which proclaims the Queenship of Mary.

  • 1962 A.D.
  • The Second Vatican Council begins on this day in Rome as Pope John XXIII convenes the cardinals and bishops and other leaders for what would result in the winds of change within the Church.

  • 1969 A.D.
  • Pope Paul VI calls together the 2nd Bishops Synod of Rome which would last until October 28, 1969.

October 11, 2000
volume 11, no. 197

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