February 22, 2001
volume 12, no. 53

Events throughout Church History that occurred on February 22nd

  • 121 A.D.
  • Death of the brothers Saint Faustinus and Saint Jovita, Martyred preachers from Brescia who had their heads severed from their bodies during the ruthless reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian. It was the emperor himself who ordered the decapitation when they steadfastly refused to become apostates.

  • 273 A.D.
  • Death of Saints Castulus, Lucius, Magnus and Saturninius, martyrs who were followers of Saint Valentine. They were all put to death for their faith on this date.

  • 530 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Severus of Androcca, a holy parish priest who is said to have brought back a man from death so that he could confer the last rites on him.

  • 1040 A.D.
  • Death of three Benedictine monk martyrs - Saints Sunaman, Unaman and Winaman, all nephews of Saint Sigfrid of County Wexlow. These Irish monks received their martyrdom in Sweden when they were decapitated by by pagan tribes. Their heads were tossed into the river and retrieved by their uncle.

  • 1045 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Sigfrid of Wexlow, missionary bishop who retrieved the severed heads of his three martyred nephews and used that as incentive to convert and baptize countless pagans in Sweden including King Saint Olaf. He traveled throughout Scandinavia bearing much fruit and is considered the "Apostle of Sweden."

  • 1999 A.D.
  • Just prior to beginning his one week Lenten Retreat, Pope John Paul II made a final plea for peace in Kosovo, "convinced that recourse to armed force always brings ever greater risks and deep suffering for the civilian population." True to his words that's exactly what happened.

February 22, 2001
volume 12, no. 53
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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