October 22, 2000
volume 11, no. 208

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 22nd:

  • 876 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Donatus of Fiesole, Irish missionary Bishop in Italy. In need of a holy man the village of Fiesole prayed intensely. One day, while the villagers were gathered in prayer in the cathedral the bells began to ring and the vigil candles which were not aflame lit on their own just as St. Donatus, or Donato as he was referred to by the Italians, entered the church to announce he was the new bishop.

  • 1303 A.D.
  • Cardinal Niccolo Boccasino, Bishop of Ostia is unanimously elected Blessed Pope Benedict XI as the 194th successor of Peter. Born in Treviso, he settled a difficult dispute with the king of France Philip IV who could not control Benedict like he would his successor Pope Clement V, the first of the Avignon popes. Benedict was bitterly persecuted by a group of conspirators and died after eating a poisoned fig, a fruit of which he was particularly fond.

  • 1949 A.D.
  • Death of Cardinal Augustyn Hlond, Polish cardinal shortly after Father Karol Wojtyla returns to Poland to begin parish work in Niegowic. This also opened the door for Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski to be elevated to top prelate of Poland who will be remembered for his staunch stance against communism and a role model for the future Pope.

  • 1978 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II is formally installed as the 264th successor of Peter in ceremonies at St. Peter's in Rome. Even though he was elected on October 16, it was not until the 22nd that he was officially installed.

  • 1989 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II beatifies several future saints which include: the Seven Martyrs of Thailand - Blesseds Cecilia Butsi, Bibiana Khampai, Sister Lucia Khambang, Sister Agnes Phila, Maria Phon, Agatha Phutta, and Philip Sipong as well as Blessed Timothy Giaccardo and Blessed Mother Maria of Jesus Deluil-Martiny.

October 22, 2000
volume 11, no. 208

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