August 16-19, 2001
volume 12, no. 143

Events throughout Church History that occurred between August 16th and 19th

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 16th:

  • 1378 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Rocco, son of a French governor who was orphaned and dedicated his life to servicing the victims of the terrible plague known as the Black Death. He is the patron saint for protection from plagues and pestilence. He is also known as Roch in France and Roque in Spain.

  • 1898 A.D.
  • Pope Leo XIII issues his 68th encyclical of his pontificate - Quam religiosa dealing with civil marriage laws.

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 17th:

  • 1257 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Hyacinth of Krakow. This Dominican who evangelized Poland, Scandinavia, Prussia and Lithuania is venerated as the "Apostle of Poland."

  • 1629 A.D.
  • Birth of John III Sobieski who would go on to become king of Poland and Lithuania and join with Emperor Leopold I to form the Holy League which greatly aided the Church in ridding Venice, Hungary and Yugoslavia of the Turkish threat during the reigns of Pope Clement X and Pope Innocent XI.

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 18th:

  • Death of Pope Adrian V, 186th successor of Peter whose reign lasted only 39 days and he was never actually consecrated. During this short time Adrian put ecclesiastical laws in order and suspended the norms concerning conclave that had been enacted by Pope Gregory X.

  • 1559 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Paul IV, 223rd successor of Peter who promoted moral reform and, by means of the Inquisition, opposed the Lutheran heresy.

  • 1864 A.D.
  • Pope Pius IX issues his 22nd encyclical, Maximae quidum regarding the Church in Bavaria.

    Historical Events in Church Annals for August 19th:

    • 440 A.D.
    • Death of Pope Sixtus III, 44th successor of Peter who served eight years. It was Sixtus who enlarged and embellished the Basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. Lawrence. He was the author of several epistles and upheld the jurisdiction of Rome over Ilyria against the Eastern Emperor who wanted it dependent on Constantinople.

    • 1458 A.D.
    • Cardinal Enea Silvio Piccolomini is elected 210th successor of Peter and takes the name Pope Pius II on this date. He would go on to have a great influence on the crusades, even appointing himself to head the campaign, but he died enroute to the crusades.

    • 1503 A.D.
    • Death of Pope Alexander VI, 214th successor of Peter. It was he who, by a simple mark on the maps of the new lands in America, decided the destiny of the new continent.

    • 1568 A.D.
    • Pope Saint Pius V sets up a commission to handle the problems that had cropped up regarding missionaries in the new world and the in-fighting among various orders.

    August 16-19, 2001
    volume 12, no. 143
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