April 11, 2001
volume 12, no. 101

Events throughout Church History that occurred on April 11th

  • 678 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Donus, the 78th successor of Peter and the Pope who brought an end to schism in Ravenna. Born in Rome, he was elected on September 2, 676. During his two year pontificate he also encouraged the bishops to support the new schools in Germanic Gaul and that of Cambridge in England.

  • 1079 A.D.
  • The martyrdom of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop of Cracow, who was slain by King Boleslaus II of Poland while Stanislaus was celebrating Holy Mass.

  • 1506 A.D.
  • Construction begins on the new Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican under the guidance of Pope Julius II who enlisted the talents of Michelangelo and Raphael.

  • 1512 A.D.
  • The Papal Troops and the Holy League armies are badly defeated by the French at Ravenna, Italy but the plight of the alliance of the Holy League leads to help from the Swiss troops which results in driving France from Italian soil and creates the evolution of the famous Swiss Guard who guard the Vatican today.

  • 1963 A.D.
  • Blessed Pope John XXIII, who was beatified last year on September 3rd and whose body has been found to be incorrupt, released his eighth and final encyclical on this date. Pacem in terris was his signature on establishing universal peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty.

April 11, 2001
volume 12, no. 101
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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