September 7, 2000
volume 11, no. 163

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES that occurred Today in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for September 7th:

  • 560 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Cloud, oldest son of Saint Clotilda and Chlodomir, King of Orleans. Cloud became a priest and built a monastery south of Paris.

  • 1295 A.D.
  • Legend has it that on this date the angels carried the modest home of the Holy Family Joseph, Mary and Jesus to a special place in Loreto, Italy on the coast of the Adriatic where today it is a major shrine.

  • 1478 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Serafina Sforza, battered wife who took refuge in a Poor Clares monastery and prayed ceaselessly for forgiveness of her wayward husband and his mistress who taunted Serafina. Nevertheless Serafina did not despair but trusted in God for redemption and reconciliation with her husband. Her prayers were answered and he converted.

  • 1303 A.D.
  • King Philip of France, also known as "Philip the Fair", dispatches agents to arrest Pope Boniface VIII because the Holy Father had prepared a papal bull Super Petri solio which would excommunicate Philip. He had planned to publish it on September 8, 1303 but was seized the day before and his captors intended to take him to France to stand trial, but faithful citizens rescued the Pope and placed him under the protection of the Orsini family, but the ordeal was too much and the Pope died on October 12, 1303 - many say broken in body and spirit.

September 7, 2000
volume 11, no. 163

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