April 7, 2001
volume 12, no. 97

Events throughout Church History that occurred on April 7th

  • 451 A.D.
  • Attila the Hun plunders France and the city of Metz, signaling an alarm to all of Europe.

  • 1498 A.D.
  • Death of King Charles VIII, monarch of France during the reign of Pope Alexander VI.

  • 1506 A.D.
  • Birth of Saint Francis Xavier, close friend of Saint Ignatius Loyola and one of the first Jesuits. He is known as the "Apostle of the Far East" and, along with Saint Therese the Little Flower, is the patron saint of missions.

  • 1521 A.D.
  • The explorer and navigator Ferdinand Magellan arrives in the Philippines at the port of Cebu, bringing the faith to the edge of Oceania.

  • 1537 A.D.
  • One of the last Roman Catholic abbeys in England is forced to turn over jurisdiction to King Henry VIII who had bolted from Rome the same year.

  • 1614 A.D.
  • Death of the Spanish master painter Dominico Teotocopulo, better known as El Greco who was born in Crete.

April 7, 2001
volume 12, no. 97
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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