October 13, 2000
volume 11, no. 199

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 13th:

  • 304 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Faustus, Saint Januarius and Saint Martial, Christian martyrs who were subjected to terrible tortures and burned to death in Cordova, Spain under the persecution of Diocletian. They are referred to as "The Three Crowns of Cordova."

  • 1003 A.D.
  • Birth of Saint Edward the Confessor, son of King Ethred III and his Norman wife Emma in Islip, England just after the turn of the second millennium. He would go on to become king of England and his piety would cause the citizenry to bestow the name "confessor" on this dedicated saint who died in London on January 5, 1066. He was canonized in Pope Alexander III in 1161.

  • 1534 A.D.
  • Cardinal Alessandro Farnese is elected the 220th successor of Peter. He takes the name Pope Paul III and is coronated on Novermber 3rd. His pontificate would last 15 years and it was he who commissioned the master Michelangelo as the "lifetime architect" of St. Peter's Basilica. He created the climate of the "Counter Reformation" and gave official approval to the Society of Jesus as well as calling the 19th Ecumenical Council. He died on November 10, 1549.

  • 1563 A.D.
  • Birth of Saint Francesco Caracciolo at Villa Santa Maria in Abruzzi, Italy under the secular name of Ascenio. He would go on to help found the Minor Clerks Regular as a missionary order dedicated to ministering to the sick in hospitals and prisons and die on June 1, 1608 at Agnone, Italy.

  • 1917 A.D.
  • The Blessed Mother appears to visionaries Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta at the Cova in Fatima, Portugal for the final time. This was the occasion of the miracle of the sun where over 70,000 saw the sun spin toward them or as they refer to it - "the sun danced."

October 13, 2000
volume 11, no. 199

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