April 3, 2001
volume 12, no. 93

Events throughout Church History that occurred on April 3rd

  • 304 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Pancras A Syrian from Phrygia who was a convert to Christianity and martyred for his faith in Rome during the persecution of Diocletian.

  • 999 A.D.
  • Archbishop Gerbert of Aurillac is consecrated the first French Pope, taking the name Pope Sylvester II. He would usher in the second millennium and allay widespread fear that the world was about to end.

  • 1245 A.D.
  • Birth of Philip III, nicknamed "the Bold" who would become the King of France.

  • 1287 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Honorius IV, the 190th successor of Peter who sought to establish closer relations with the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as the leaders of the Islam world.

  • 1312 A.D.
  • Pope Clement V, the first of the Avignon Popes, dissolves the Knights Templar who had grown increasingly in power and abuse of their privileges.

  • 1367 A.D.
  • Birth of Henry IV who would become King of England

  • 1999 A.D.
  • The pontificate of the 264th successor of Peter, Pope John Paul II officially becomes the tenth longest in the history of the Church to become the longest reigning Pope of the 20th century since Pope Leo XIII.

April 3, 2001
volume 12, no. 93
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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