March 16, 2001
volume 12, no. 75

Events throughout Church History that occurred on March 16th

  • 1037 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Heribert, abbot . Canonized by Pope Gregory VII in 1074.

  • 1494 A.D.
  • The Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I marries Bianca Sforza, the daughter of Italian powerbroker Francesco Sforza

  • 1517 A.D.
  • Close of the Fifth Lateran Council by Pope Leo X where the Council Fathers declared nul and void the Council of Pisa. Events in the aftermath of this council and Leo's actions led to Martin Luther's revolt.

  • 1521 A.D.
  • Ferdinand Magellan discovers the Philippines and declares them for Portugal and Holy Mother Church. The faith has remained strong in these islands on the northern edge of Oceania.

  • 1561 A.D.
  • Martyrdom of Jesuit missionaries in East Africa.

  • 1998 A.D.
  • The Vatican releases the long-awaited document "We Remember: A Reflection of the Shoah" that is still under scrutiny by radical Jewish factions who insist on placing the blame of the Holocaust on the Catholic Church because they assumed the Holy See and Catholic people didn't do enough when, in truth, it was the Catholic Church who not only stood with the Jews in the concentration camps, but clandestinely stole many a member of the Covenant out of harm's way by hiding them from the Nazis.

March 16, 2001
volume 12, no. 75
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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