February 20, 2001
volume 12, no. 51

Events throughout Church History that occurred on February 20th

  • 302 A.D.
  • Death of the Martyrs of Tyre , also part of the contingent of Palestinians, not to be confused with the Palestinian martyrs who would die seven years later or the Phoenician martyrs a year after that. Legend has it that these Egyptian Christians living in Palestine were rounded up and when they refused to offer up sacrifices to false idols, were made sport of by unleashing wild beasts on them.

  • 743 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Eucherius, Benedictine Bishop of Orleans who felt unworthy of being elevated to the episcopacy but when the people clamored for his election he relented. Throughout his bishopric he was a constant thorn in the side of French sovereign Charles Martel because of his policies, lifestyle and gutting of Church property and treasures. The former had him exiled hoping that would silence him but the people and monks rallied behind this humble man, giving him sanctuary in a monastery in Cologne. When Martel moved to have him exiled further, he was befriended by the governor who permitted Eucherius to retire in peace in a monastery near the Netherlands far enough away from Martel's influence.

  • 1431 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Martin V, 206th successor of Peter who was the first after the end of the Great Schism of the West. He was elected on November 21, 1417 and his fourteen year pontificate was highlighted by the beginning of the Renaissance. Martin was the first Pope to open a "Holy Door" at St. John Lateran Basilica.

February 20, 2001
volume 12, no. 51
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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