August 20-22, 2001
volume 12, no. 144

Events throughout Church History that occurred between August 20th and 22nd

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 20th:

  • 651 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Oswin , king of Deira who, like his royal father, was murdered by a rival king who was jealous.

  • 1153 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church. This author of the inspirational devotion Memorare is highlighted in LITURGY OF THE SAINTS.

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 21st:

  • 1241 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Gregory IX, 178th successor of Peter, who excommunicated the disobedient Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II because of his negligent attitude towards the Crusades. It was Gregory who canonized Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Anthony of Padua, and Saint Dominic as well as instituting the Holy Inquisition when it was truly holy and worthwhile.

  • 1567 A.D.
  • Birth of Saint Francis de Sales, a nobleman who would go on to found the Visitandines and write spiritual classics that have withstood the test of time and garnered many souls for God. He was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius IX in 1877 and in 1923 Pope Pius XI proclaimed him Patron Saint of the Catholic Press.

  • 1914 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Pius X, 257th successor of Peter. For more on this beloved and holy pontiff who died late in the evening of the 20th but was announced on the 21st, see LITURGY OF THE SAINTS.

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 22nd:

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and her Queenship

  • 1280 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Nicholas III, 188th successor of Peter, who was the first Pope to actually reside permanently at the Vatican. It was Nicholas who actually laid out the famous gardens. He also sent missionaries to convert the Tartar kings.

  • 1485 A.D.
  • The Last White Rose: Death of the Catholic Plantagenet King Richard III at the Field of Bosworth. It is significant to the Church because it not only ended the War of the Roses, but enabled the Tudor line to take hold through the victory of King Henry VII who sired a son. And we all know the story of his son Henry VIII!

  • 1670 A.D.
  • The Catholic convert Hiacoomes is ordained, thus becoming the first Native-American Indian priest. Exactly three centuries later within a week in the same month another Native-American would be ordained and go on to make great strides on the American Catholic scene: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver.

  • 1886 A.D.
  • Pope Leo XIII issues his 20th encyclical Quod multum on the liberty of the Church, specifically in Hungary.

August 20-22, 2001
volume 12, no. 144
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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