September 15, 2000
volume 11, no. 171

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for September 15th:


  • 258 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr. This African converted from a life of evil to become the Bishop of Carthage and was the author of De Unitate. Along with Pope Saint Cornelius he was beheaded.

  • 1590 A.D.
  • Cardinal Giambattista Castagna is elected the 228th successor of Peter, chosen to succeed Pope Sixtus V. The Roman born nobleman would take the name Pope Urban VII and be one of the shortest reigning Popes in the history of the papacy, ruling for only 13 days for he died of malaria while preparing to align Church government with the Tridentine decrees. This virtuous and charitable Pope would leave all his wealth for works of charity.

  • 1920 A.D.
  • Pope Benedict XV issues his 7th encyclical Spiritus Paraclitus on Saint Jerome.

  • 1951 A.D.
  • Pope Pius XII ushers his 24th encyclical in the 12th year of his pontificate in honoring Mary and the importance of reciting the Rosary in Ingruentium malorum.

September 15, 2000
volume 11, no. 171

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