February 8, 2001
volume 12, no. 39

Events throughout Church History that occurred on February 8th

  • 570 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Honoratus, Bishop of Milan who was greatly persecuted by the Lombards and the Arians and forced to flee from his see. He died in exile, greatly saddened that he could not be there for his flock.

  • 649 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Paul of Verdun, Bishop who turned his back on a raucous life in the world to embrace monastery life where he taught the young monks until the king, seeing the great pastoral approach shown by Paul, appointed him Bishop of Verdun in the days when monarchs invested clergy.

  • 1089 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Peter Igneus, Cardinal Archbishop of Albano. He studied under the wise tutelage of Saint John Gualbert. Early in Peter's priesthood he uncovered definitive evidence that the bishop of Florence was guilty of simony. To prove he was not lying, he walked through a wall of fire without even getting singed. It was from that time forward that he was given the name "Igneus" which means "of the fire." Blessed Pope Urban II was so impressed with his burning desire for the truth, that he appointed Peter Papal Legate to various foreign lands.

  • 1481 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Jerome Emiliani, priest and religious founder. For more on this saint, see DAILY LITURGY.

  • 1550 A.D.
  • Cardinal Giovanni Maria del Monte is elected the 221st successor of Peter and chooses the name Pope Julius III. His pontificate would last five years in which he would reopen the Council of Trent and continue to oppose Lutheran doctrines. He strongly supported Mary Tudor as Queen of England and, in hopes of reestablishing the Catholic Faith in Britain, sent papal legates there. Unfortunately Elizabeth would have none of it and, as history showed, Mary was not long for this world. He would also celebrate the 10th Jubilee in the year he was elected.

February 8, 2001
volume 12, no. 39
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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