February 26, 2001
volume 12, no. 57

Events throughout Church History that occurred on February 26th

  • 251 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Nestor of Perga, Bishop of Pamphylia was arrested by the governor of Lycia and crucified because of his faith and zeal during the persecution of the Roman emperor Decius.

  • 303 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Dionysius, First Bishop of Augsburg, Germany. Ordained by Saint Narcissus he was fleshed out by Roman soldiers and martyred during the terrible reign of Diocletian.

  • 328 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Alexander of Alexandria, Bishop of Alexandria who died two years after the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in which he took part and saw the fruition of his efforts to eradicate Arianism, quite prevalent in his diocese, by the Council's formal condemnation of the Arian heresy.

  • 1154 A.D.
  • Death of Sicilian and Anjou king Roger II Guiscard who was a constant thorn in the side of the Holy See throughout his reign.

  • 1266 A.D.
  • Death of Manfred, illegitimate son of the emperor Frederick Hohenstaufen whom Manfred's mother had entrusted to the Holy See to raise. But Manfred, like his father and grandfather, turned on Rome. Two years after his death the last of the Hohenstaufen's - Conradin would die and thus bring to an end the line of the house of Hohenstaufen and a chance for peace in Italy and Sicily.

  • 1361 A.D.
  • Birth of Wenceslaus of Bohemia who would go on to become the Holy Roman Catholic German emperor from 1378 to 1400.

  • 1734 A.D.
  • The first Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated in the first American Catholic church in America. Father Greaton opens St. Joseph's Church in the city of Philadelphia. This was 42 years before our founding fathers would gather in this same city to formulate the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is fitting that this city is known as the city of brotherly love for Jesus, offered up as a perfect sacrifice of atonement in an unbloody manner in the Mass is the apex of brotherly love for no greater love does one have than to give their life for another (cf. John 15: 13).

  • 2000 A.D. Pope John Paul II retraces Salvation history, walking in the footsteps of the great prophet Moses as he marks the final day of his visit to Egypt at Mount Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments. He becomes the first Pontiff ever to visit this august site.

February 26, 2001
volume 12, no. 57
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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