January 9, 2001
volume 12, no. 9
This Day in Church History

  • 710 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Adrian, African-born Archbishop and abbot who became archbishop of Canterbury where he died on this date. His tomb became renowned to pilgrims for the miraculous occurrences through his intercession.

  • 1522 A.D.
  • Election of Pope Hadrian VI, 218th successor of Peter. He was the only Dutch Pope ever elected, having been born in Utrecht, Holland. He would engage in a deep struggle against those who harassed the Church druing the midst of the Protestant Reformation and also had to deal with the Turkish threat. On both fronts he would meet with little success.

  • 1554 A.D.
  • Birth of Alessandro Ludovisi in Bologna, Italy. He would go on to become a priest in the new Society of Jesus, then bishop and Cardinal and finally become the first Jesuit-trained Pope when he was appointed the 234th successor of Peter as Pope Gregory XV on February 9, 1621.

January 9, 2001
volume 12, no. 9

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