February 24, 2001
volume 12, no. 55

Events throughout Church History that occurred on February 24th

  • 259 A.D.
  • Death of the African martyrs Saints Flavian, Julian, Lucius, Montanus, Rhenus and Victoricus at the hands of Carthage procurator Solon who took matters into his own hands against the Christians and expedited persecution while waiting for the new pro-consul to arrive from Rome.

  • 304 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Sergius of Cappadocia who had been the magistrate of Caesarea but, upon his conversion, became a monk not hiding his allegiance to Christ. For this he was put to death during the ruthless persecution of the Roman emperor Diocletian.

  • 616 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ethelbert, Saxon ruler and convert whose baptism by Saint Augustine of Canterbury triggered a mass conversion of ten thousand more and was largely responsible for helping establish Christianity in England.

  • 1208 A.D.
  • Presumed date that Saint Francis of Assisi received a sign of his vocation in Portiuncula in Italy in the Umbrian region below Assisi.

  • 1296 A.D.
  • Pope Boniface VIII publishes his papal bull Clericis laicos, intended against his bitter enemy King Philip IV of France. It dealt with the fact that clergy could not be taxed without the consent of the Pope, which Philip had been doing. The eventually results were that Boniface would excommunicate Philip.

  • 1510 A.D.
  • Pope Julius II places the entire republic of Venice under interdict for usurping papal territories and possessions.

  • 1530 A.D.
  • Pope Clement V crowns Charles V Holy Roman Emperor in the first imperial coronation by a Roman Pontiff.

  • 1582 A.D.
  • Pope Gregory XIII publicly announces the new sytle calendar which would be called the "Gregorian Calendar" and which the world goes by today.

  • 2000 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II became the first Pontiff to travel to Egypt, land of Moses as he spent three days in this land of pharoahs as part of his historic "Jubilee Journey." He reiterated his desire to see a reunification of the Eastern Orthodox Church with Rome and for greater relations and understanding with Moslems.

February 24, 2001
volume 12, no. 56
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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