August 9-12, 2001
volume 12, no. 141

Events throughout Church History that occurred between August 9th and 12th

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 9th:

  • 304 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Emygdius, bishop who had been converted to Christianity after being a pagan Tueton. His quest for souls brought the wrath of the Roman Emperor Diocletian down on him and he was beheaded on this day. He is considered the patron saint for preventing earthquakes.

  • 1048 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Damasus II, 151st successor of Peter. This Bavarian born pontiff took the place of his predecessor Pope Benedict IX at the request of the Emperor Henry III of Germany after Bishop Aliard of Lyons declined the papacy. Damasus ruled less than one month, retiring to Palestrina where he died.

  • 1378 A.D.
  • The election of Pope Urban VI, 202nd successor of Peter and elected on April 18, 1378, is declared null and void by the majority of French cardinals who advise Urban to abdicate. When the Pope refuses they set about to elect three months later on October 31 the antipope Clement VII thus putting into motion the Great Schism of the west.

  • 1483 A.D.
  • Pope Sixtus IV celebrates the first Mass in the new Sistine Chapel which he built. It would later be decorated by the great master Michelangelo and has served as the cloistered conclave for the College of Cardinals during the election of the Pope.

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 10th:

  • 258 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Lawrence, one of the seven deacons of Rome whom Pope Sixtus II had prophecied would follow him in martyrdom at the hands of the Roman Emperor Valerian three days later. So overwhelmed with joy, Lawrence gave away everything he had to the poor. For more, see LITURGY OF THE SAINTS.

  • 1471 A.D.
  • Cardinal Francesco della Rovere is elected Pope Sixtus IV as 212th successor of Peter, the pontiff who would build the Sistine Chapel, establish the feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th universally, established the Spanish Inquisition and appoint the controversial Tomas de Torquemada as grand inquisitor in Spain.. He was an expert politician and generous patron of the arts.

  • 1863 A.D.
  • Pope Pius IX released his twenty-first encyclical - Quanto conficiamur moerore on the alarming rate false doctrines are being promoted.

  • 1906 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Pius X issues his ninth encyclical Gravissimo officio munere specifically to the bishops of France over the issue of French associations of worship.

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 11th:

  • 1253 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Clare of Assisi, who, with the help of her mentor Saint Francis of Assisi, founded the Poor Clares.

  • 1492 A.D.
  • Cardinal Rodrigo de Borja y Borgia is elected Pope Alexander VI as 214th successor of Peter, the pontiff who, by a simple mark on the maps of the new lands of America, he decided the destiny of the new continent but, by his conduct set the Church back considerably and brought scandal on the Holy See which had a great effect on the unrest that resulted in the Reformation.

Historical Events in Church Annals for August 12th:

  • 1484 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Sixtus IV, 212th successor of Peter. It was Sixtus who constructed the Sistine Chapel which was later decorated by Michelangelo. He was an expert politician and a generous patron of the arts. He celebrated the 7th Jubilee in 1475 and prolonged it to Easter of 1476 as well as instituting the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th.

  • 1508 A.D.
  • The Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon along with a cadre of Franciscans and Dominicans lands in Puerto Rico, bringing the faith to that island where it has flourished ever since.

  • 1950 A.D.
  • Pope Pius XII issues his famous encyclical Humani generis which dealt with false opinions threatening to undermine the foundations of Catholic doctrine.

August 9-12, 2001
volume 12, no. 141
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