March 17, 2001
volume 12, no. 76

Events throughout Church History that occurred on March 17th

  • 461 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Apostle of Ireland. For more see DAILY LITURGY

  • 659 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, abbess and patron saint of travelers and gardeners

  • 1328 A.D.
  • Treaty of Edinburgh, where Scotland's independence is recognized by Rome and Pope John XXII

  • 1337 A.D.
  • Edward, son of King Edward III of England becomes first to receive title of Royal Duke of Cornwall, as the One Hundred Year breaks out between England and France, preventing Pope Benedict XII from organizing a united crusade against the infidels.

  • 1497 A.D.
  • Pope Alexander VI orders a cave in Ireland sealed, the same one St. Patrick had tabbed as one which, through a private revelation, revealed it led to hell. It had become known as "St. Patrick's Purgatory" and attracted many pilgrims expecting to see the torments of hell up close and personal. Why is beyond us.

  • 1521 A.D.
  • Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese navigator and explorer discovers the Philippines, establishing that region for Portugal and bringing the faith to this region where it has flourished ever since despite persecutions by the Moors.

  • 1526 A.D.
  • King Francis I of France is released from Spanish captivity through the intervention of Pope Clement VII in an effort to gain protection from the ravaging of the Emperor Charles V in a see-saw battle that saw Rome waver in its loyalty between France and Germany in an effort to save Rome and the rest of Italy.

  • 1756 A.D.
  • Catholics of New York City celebrate the first St. Patrick's Day at the Crown and Thistle Tavern.

  • 1762 A.D.
  • Irish Catholics stage their first St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City on this date, even before the nation is established.

March 17, 2001
volume 12, no. 76
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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