January 23, 2001
volume 12, no. 23
This Day in Church History

  • 98 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Parmenas, one of the original seven deacons designated by the Holy Spirit in the upper room on Pentecost. His apostolate was ministering to the Jewish converts from Greece in the Holy City of Jerusalem. He died for his faith in Philippi, Macedonia.

  • 287 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Asclas from Antinoe who died for his faith during the fierce persecution of Dioceletian. His bleeding body was tossed into the nile where crocodiles devoured him.

  • 304 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ermerentiana, foster sister of Saint Agnes who was stoned to death while grieving at the tomb of her late relative just a few days after Agnes' death . Ermerentiana also died a virgin and martyr. She is considered the patron saint for those with stomach ailments.

  • 309 A.D.
  • Deaths of Saint Clement and Saint Agathangelus, both martyred at Ancyra under the command of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Clement was the Galatian Bishop of Ancyra and Agathangelus was a Roman soldier who was converted and baptized by Clement while he was in prison.

  • 356 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Amasius, Greek bishop of Teano, Italy who the Arians targeted because he refused to go along with the heresy.

  • 667 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ildephonsus of Toledo, Spanish abbot, Cardinal and Archbishop of Toledo who unified the Spanish liturgy and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church.

  • 841 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Barnard of Vienne, French abbot and archbishop of Vienne who was raised in the inner sanctum of the court of Charlemagne.

  • 880 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Maimbod, Irish missionary who was martyred by pagan tribes in the Alsace region of France.

  • 1998 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II, while in Cuba during his papal visit, condemns the United States policy of the three decade-long embargo against Cuba, imploring President Clinton to lift it for the sake of the people of Cuba. Clinton never did.

January 23, 2001
volume 12, no. 23

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