April 29, 2001
volume 12, no. 119

Events throughout Church History that occurred on April 28th

  • 1180 A.D.
  • Queen Isabella of Hainaut weds the King of France Philip II who would organize the 3rd Crusade with Richard the Lion-Heart.

  • 1220 A.D.
  • The cornerstone is laid for the Cathedral of Salisbury in England.

  • 1282 A.D.
  • The papal troops of Pope Martin IV are defeated as the Sicilian garrisons reach Romagna.

  • 1462 A.D.
  • A papal bull which guaranteed protection of the old Roman ruins is issued by Pope Pius II, 210th successor of Peter.

  • 1442 A.D.
  • Birth of Edward IV to the Tutor King Henry VI and his wife Margaret of Anjou. Edward would go on to rule as King of England from 1461 until his death in 1483.

  • 1521 A.D.
  • The Spanish Conqueror Hernando Cortez captures the Aztec city of Tenochtitian.

  • 1962 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla, a thirty-nine year old Italian mother and physician who gave her life for her baby - a martyr of a mother's love. She was beatified in 1995 by Pope John Paul II as is considered the patron of the unborn. For more, see The Life and Loves of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla
  • 2000 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II canonizes fellow Pole Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska - the "Apostle of Mercy" making her the first saint of the Third Millennium. It was to this Polish nun Jesus appeared in the 1930's to impart the importance of Divine Mercy and its devotion which has since spread worldwide.

Events throughout Church History that occurred on April 29th

  • 998 A.D.
  • Otto III, the Holy Roman Emperor who had been coronated by the Pope, turns on the Holy See and invades Rome, capturing the palace Castel Sant'Angelo outside the gates of the Vatican. Otto had proclaimed the antipope John XVI as pope because Pope Gregory V would not adhere to Otto's demands.

  • 1109 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Hugh from Cluny, an abbot and close friend of fellow monk Hildebrand who became the great Pope Saint Gregory VII. Along with the latter, Hugh was a great reformer of the Church and, during his life, served nine pontiffs faithfully before dying on this date in his beloved Cluny.

  • 1111 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Robert of Molesmes, one of the founding fathers of the Cistercians along with Saint Alberic and Saint Stephen Harding.

  • 1380 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church. It was through the dauntless efforts of this staunch defender of the faith and traditions that the papacy was returned to Rome after seventy years of exile in Avignon, France. See DAILY LITURGY

  • 1429 A.D.
  • The teen-aged Saint Joan of Arc enters the beseiged city of Orleans, France to lead her country in victory over the English in the 100 year war and preserve the faith of Holy Mother Church in France.

  • 1535 A.D.
  • Like Saint Thomas More, the Prior Father John Houghton is executed by King Henry VIII for refusing to pledge loyalty to the king, remaining ever faithful to the Roman Catholic Church.

  • 1624 A.D.
  • The controversial Cardinal Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu is appointed chief minister of the Royal Council of France. He would alienate many Catholic countries with his liberalism toward Protestants, often being called the "Cardinal of the Hugenots."

  • 1965 A.D.
  • Pope Paul VI releases his second encyclical Mense maio on the emphasis of prayers for peace during the month of May.

  • 1990 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II, in confirming a decree of April 9th, beatifies Juan Diego, visionary of Guadalupe whose canonization is imminent.

April 29, 2001
volume 12, no. 119
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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