October 21, 2000
volume 11, no. 207

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 21st:

  • 310 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Euseubius, 31st successor of Peter who is elected on April 18, 309. During his pontificate the plemics about the apostates continue, bringing the Church almost to the point of schism. But he succeeds in maintaining a position of firmness and pardon, only to suffer martyrdom in Sicily at the hands of the Roman Emperor Maxentius who deports him there along with Saint Heraclius.

  • 372 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Hilarion, abbot and aesthetic who was born in Palestine and lived a life of solitude even while establishing many monasteries. He died on the Island of Cyprus where he had retired to after seventy years of dedication to the Lord.

  • 451 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ursula, virgin who was martyred along with thousands of other virgins in Cologne, Germany by pagan Huns. Many legends surrounding these virgins and Ursula have cropped up and a church was built in their honor.

  • 686 A.D.
  • Pope Conon, 83rd successor of Peter, begins his reign which would last until September 21, 687 when he was supposedly poisoned. Born in Thrace, his pontificate was deeply disturbed by the anarchy which prevailed in the Church. He was often the victim of the sly followers of the Byzantine Emperor.

  • 1187 A.D.
  • Alberto de Morra, chancellor of Rome is chosen Pope Gregory VIII. As the 173rd successor of Peter, his pontificate would only last two months. He was highly thought of by the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and would without doubt have succeeded in solving the grave disagreement between the Church and the Empire had his pontificate been longer. He assisted in every way the Christians in the Holy Land.

  • 1765 A.D.
  • Death of Italian master painter, sculpturer and refurbisher Giovanni Paolo Panini who was the architect for the interior of St. Peter's Square and many other sculptures and paintings inside and outside the great basilica including the inner dome above the altar as well as the inner dome of the Pantheon.

  • 1983 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II appoints three new bishops in the Netherlands in an attempt to resussitate the faith among the Dutch which is in serious jeopardy of revolt and apathy in this once great Catholic stronghold.

October 21, 2000
volume 11, no. 207

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