October 26, 2000
volume 11, no. 212

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 26th:

  • 105 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Evaristus, 5th successor of Peter who was elected in the year 97. Born in Greece, he divided the city of Rome into parishes called "Titles" as Christians began to multiply. He founded the first seven diaconates entrusted to senior priests to attend the Pontiff and is is considered to be the origin of the present College of Cardinals. LIke his predecessors, he died for the Faith, being tortured mercilessly by the Roman Emperor Trajan.

  • 1902 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Contardo Ferrini a Professor of Roman law at the University of Messina in Sicily who was known for his tremendous piety and humility.

  • 1910 A.D.
  • Birth of John Krol in Cleveland, Ohio. He would go on to become a priest and bishop and be elevated to the rank of Cardinal in June, 1967. This former president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops was the Archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia and died while in Rome early in 1998 at the age of 88. He was a close friend of Pope John Paul II and had escorted him when Cardinal Karol Wojtyla visited the United States before becoming Supreme Pontiff.

  • 1950 A.D.
  • Mother Teresa founds the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India on this day born from a desire to fulfill the gospel of love taught by Jesus in seeing Him in every human being no matter how poor, downtrodden or sick they might be. Mother's order, known for the trademark blue and white sari, has become one of the most well known and beloved throughout the world in less than fifty years.

  • 1957 A.D.
  • Vatican Radio begins its first broadcast on this day as directed by Pope Pius XII.

  • 1980 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II beatifies Blessed Don Luigi Orione, Blessed Bartolomea Longo and Blessed Maria Anna Sala.

October 26, 2000
volume 11, no. 212

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