February 16, 2001
volume 12, no. 47

Events throughout Church History that occurred on February 16th

  • 90 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Onesimus, run-away servant of Philemon whom Saint Paul refers to in his epistle and asks Philemon to forgive Onesimus and to embrace him not as a slave but as a brother. Colossians 4: 7-9 verifies that Philemon followed the apostle's advice. Onesimus became a preacher and is said to have been martyred in Spain while the Bishop of Berea.

  • 305 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Juliana of Nicomedia, Virgin and Martyr who was thrown into a boiling pot of oil. When that didn't do her in, she was beheaded. During her life she was tormented greatly by satan who tried to deceive her in visions but she was hep to his devious schemes and would not submit to his temptations. Her family had thought she was crazy because of her escapades with the devil and consequently treated her with disdain.

  • 309 A.D.
  • Death of the Caesarean Martyrs Saints Daniel, Elias, Isaias, Jeremy, Porphyrius, Samuel and Seleucius who were all killed at the gates of the city in Palestine because of their Christian faith. When they would not sacrifice to the pagan gods they were put to death by beheading.

  • 1933 A.D.
  • The German Catholic newspaper Germania is one of the first to warn the faithful of the terrible policies of Adolph Hitler and his Nazi beliefs as well as communism. Having carefully studied the encyclicals of the Popes, the editors were wise in foreseeing the terrible policies being carefully manipulated into place as Germania tried desperately to head off the ultimate and warn Catholics not to embrace this fascist way or the communist way as well. Staff of Germania would be greatly dogged, censored and persecuted by Hitler and his S.S. Some would be put to death. Another great editor, Father Maximilian Kolbe in Poland would be put to death and canonized a saint of the Church. The beacon of truth would not be silenced.

February 16, 2001
volume 12, no. 47
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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