March 13, 2001
volume 12, no. 72

Events throughout Church History that occurred on March 13th

  • 483 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Felix III is elected the 48th successor of Peter. Born in Rome his pontificate would last almost nine years. He would try to restore peace in the disturbed Eastern Church. He was married and had two sons, on of which would go on to father the famous Pope Saint Gregory the Great. Felix would die on March 1, 492.

  • 732 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Gerald of County Mayo, abbot

  • 1138 A.D.
  • Conrad III, King of Germany, is crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Innocent II

  • 1462 A.D.
  • The first bible manuscript is put on the press - the Gutenberg press. From this time on, not only would everyone be able to hear the Word, but see the Word. However, when the Word was changed by those who thought they knew better, the road led away from Rome and division was the result.

  • 1493 A.D.
  • Christopher Columbus leaves Lisbon, Portugal.

  • 1516 A.D.
  • Charles of Hapsburg is coronated as the King of Spain by Pope Leo X

  • 1599 A.D.
  • Birth of Saint John Berchmans, who would study to be a Jesuit and die while in the Novitiate. He was canonized in 1888 by Pope Leo XIII. He is the Patron Saint of Altar Servers.

  • 1615 A.D.
  • Birth of Antonio Pignatelli to aristocratic parents near Spanazzola, Italy. He would become a Jesuit priest, then bishop, be elected cardinal and Archbishop of Naples before being selected the 244th successor of Peter on May 18, 1721 taking the name Pope Innocent XIII.

  • 1997 A.D.
  • With Mother Teresa ailing, she asks the Religious Order of women she founded - the Missionaries of Charity to choose a new Mother General Superior and they wisely selected 63 year-old Sister Hermana Nirmala, M.C., a native of India and a convert, to succeed her. Mother Teresa would pass on to her Heavenly reward on September 5th of the same year.

March 13, 2001
volume 12, no. 72
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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