Death of Saint Publius of Malta, chief of the island who befriended Saint Paul when the Roman contingent stopped in Malta while taking the holy prisoner to Rome. As recorded in Acts 28, Paul cured Publius' father of a sickness and converted to Christianity, later becoming Malta's first bishop. He died a martyr's death at the hands of the cruel Roman emperor Trajan.
Deaths of Saint Fructuosus, Bishop of Tarragona in Castile and the deacons Saint Augurius and Saint Eulogius at the hands of the Roman emperor Valerian.
Death of Saint Patroclus of Troyes, a rich Christian who provided provisions and housing for Christians throughout Troyes and, when discovered, was tortured and put to death for his faith.
Death of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. For more on her, see DAILY LITURGY.
Death of Saint Epiphanius, bishop of Pavia who rebuilt the city after the hordes of Odoacer ransacked Pavia. He sought long and hard to ransom all citizens who had been taken hostage and that is how he died, contracting the deadly fever while traveling to pay the ransom.
Death of Saint Meinrad, Benedictine hermit from Switzerland who turned his back on the world and sought refuge in the mountains, founding a hermitage. On this date in 861 he befriended two men who came to him for help. It was a ruse and they first tried to rob him, but seeing he was only a poor hermit, flew into a rage and clubbed Meinrad to death. Today the St. Meinrad's Seminary in Indiana is named after him.
Death of Pope Paschal II, 160th successor of Peter. His pontificate lasted nine years spanning the eleventh and twelfth centuries. This Ravenna-born Pope was forced into exile because of the investiture issue and struggle for supremacy between Paschal and Henry V who succeeded in having himself crowned, prolonging the emperor's right of investiture of bishops.
Birth of Saint Wulfstan, Anglo-Saxon bishop of Worcester, England who would defend the faith against Norman invasion and end Bristol's slave trade.
King Phillip II, Henry II and Richard the Lion-heartedteam up to set out on the Third Crusade.
Cardinal Pierre of Tarentaise, a close confidant of Saint Albert the Great and Saint Thomas Aquinas, is chosen the 185th successor of Peter, becoming Blessed Pope Innocent V. He would be responsible for bringing the faith to the far east, baptizing the three ambassadors sent to him by the great Khan. Innocent would die six months later on June 22, 1276.
Pope John Paul II touches down at Havana airport marking the historic occasion of his first visit ever to Cuba, one of the last bastions of Soviet communism. The fruits from this five-day visit would be plentiful among the people but not from the staid and stubborn Fidel Castro who continues his communist regime of suppression of free speech, censoring the Church and promoting abortion.