April 4, 2001
volume 12, no. 94

Events throughout Church History that occurred on April 4th

  • 304 A.D.
  • Deaths of Saint Agape and her sisters Saint Chionia and Saint Irene who were burned alive by the evil Roman emperor Diocletian because they would not renounce their faith or break their virginity.

  • 397 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ambrose the pagan from Gaul who converted, became a great bishop, baptized Saint Augustine, and was named a Doctor of the Church in 1298 by Pope Boniface VIII.

  • 636 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Isidore of Seville, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (see This weekend's Liturgy.

  • 896 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Formosus, the Ostian-born pontiff and 111th successor of Peter who was largely responsible for converting Bulgaria.

  • 1284 A.D.
  • Death of King Alfonso X, monarch of Castile-Leon.

  • 1292 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Nicolas IV the first Franciscan pope who was the 191st successor of Peter who brought order to the Court of Portugal.
  • 1297 A.D.
  • Pope Boniface VIII deeds Corsica and Sardinia to James II, King of Aragon.

  • 1305 A.D.
  • Death of Queen Joan, wife of Philip "the Fair", King of France.

  • 1406 A.D.
  • Death of Robert III, the King of Scotland.

  • 1490 A.D.
  • Death of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary

  • 1581 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Benedict the Moor, a humble Franciscan servant and confessor who preferred the obscure chore of cooking over teaching. He was noted for many miracles and is considered one of the patron saints of African Americans.

  • 1999 A.D.
  • Rwandan Bishop Augustin Misago, Shepherd of Gikongoro, is arrested under false allegations of complicity in the 1994 genocide of Tutsis. The Church steadfastly has insisted it is all part of a government attempt to discredit the Church among the people. He was finally was acquitted earlier this year and all charges dropped.

April 4, 2001
volume 12, no. 94
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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