April 22, 2001
volume 12, no. 112

Events throughout Church History that occurred on April 22nd

  • 536 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Agipitus, the 57th successor of Peter who was poisoned by the wife of the Emperor of the Goths Theodora who was of the eutician faith and hated the Roman faith of Agipitus who became a martyr on this date.

  • 1073 A.D.
  • The great Hildebrand, who refused the papacy in the past, prays and this time accedes to ascend the papal throne as Pope Saint Gregory VII the Great as the 157th successor of Peter. He would calle a Council to issue a Dictatus Papae which decreed that only the Pope is universal and that no one can judge him other than God. It also decreed that the Pope alone could dispense one from vows. It would be a turning point in Church history for the papacy would take on a new prestige when the excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV who had supported the antipope Honorius II bowed to Gregory by going humbly to Canossa in the bitter winter and, wearing only a rough habit, asked the holy Pontiff for forgiveness publicly.

  • 1233 A.D.
  • The Dominicans are established in France as Inquisitors by the decree of Pope Gregory IX.

  • 1418 A.D.
  • The closing of the Council of Constance, the sixteenth ecumenical council which ended the Great Schism and condemned Huss.

  • 1451 A.D.
  • Birth of Isabella who would become Queen of Spain and commission Christopher Columbus to set out on his great voyage of discovery.

  • 1509 A.D.
  • King Henry VII's death opens the door for King Henry VIII to gain the crown, beginning a succession of hills and valleys with Rome that would end in Schism and a complete break from Holy Mother Church.

  • 1541 A.D.
  • The founder of the Jesuits Saint Ignatius of Loyola is elected First General of the Order founded for the express purpose of defending the Pope.

April 22, 2001
volume 12, no. 112
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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