September 17, 2000
volume 11, no. 173

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for September 17th:

  • 379 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Satyrus of Milan, brother of Saint Ambrose and Saint Marceilina. He served as prefect of the See of Milan under Ambrose and was the subject of Ambrose's famous eulogy "On the Death of a Brother" when he died.

  • 705 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Lambert of Maestricht in Flanders, Bishop and Abbot who was martyred by relatives for denouncing Pepin for his adulterous affair.

  • 1179 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Hildegard prioress and mystic who was called the "Prophetess of the Rhine" because of her prophecies.

  • 1224 A.D.
  • Commemoration of the Stigmata endowed on Saint Francis of Assisi at Mount Alverno where the five wounds of the crucified Christ shot like fiery rays into the hands, feet and side of Francis.

  • 1442 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Peter of Arbues in Spain. He became a priest and was appointed inquisitor for the Kingdom of Aragon by Cardinal Thomas Torquemada. During his rule as Inquisitor, not one person was tortured or put to death by Peter. Nevertheless, the heretics he was seeking out - the Marranos (Catholics who had opted for Judaism) assailed him while he was in prayer on September 15 and he died of wounds inflicted by them two days later. He was canonized by Pope Pius IX in 1867. .

  • 1552 A.D.
  • Birth of Camillo Borghese in Rome who would go on to become the 233rd successor of Peter as Pope Paul V on May 16, 1605 and reign until January 21, 1621.

  • 1595 A.D.
  • Pope Clemens VIII recognizes Henry IV as King of France by absolving him of his excommunication lowered by Pope Sixtus V. It would lead to his reluctant acceptance of the Edict of Nantes which gave the Huguenots religious freedom.

  • 1621 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Robert Bellarmine. For more on this holy Bishop, Religious and Doctor of the Church click on TODAY'S LITURGY.

  • 1759 A.D.
  • Pope Clement XIII releases his second encyclical Cum primum on observing canonical sanctions..

  • 1863 A.D.
  • Pope Pius IX issues his 22nd encyclical to the bishops of Bogata titled Incredibili on persecution in New Granada.

  • 1882 A.D.
  • The encyclical Etsi Nos is the tenth encyclical ushered by Pope Leo XIII. Auspicato concessum on Saint Francis of Assisi and his stigmata.

September 17, 2000
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