March 1, 2001
volume 12, no. 60

Events throughout Church History that occurred on March 1st

  • 492 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Felix III, 48th successor of Peter. Born in Rome, he was elected on March 13, 483. He tried to restore peace in the disturbed Eastern Church . He had sons, one of which would go on to be the grandfather of the famous Saint Gregory the Great. He has often been erroniously been taken for Felix II, a holy martyr. Pope St. Felix died of natural causes on this date in 492.

  • 492 A.D.
  • Election of Pope Saint Gelasius I as 49th successor of Peter. He would be elected on the same day as Pope Saint Felix III died. Also born in Rome but of African origin, his pontificate would last four years. He would go on to institute the Code for the uniform organization of ceremonies and rites. Because of his charity he would be called the "Father of the Poor." He would also maintain the supremacy of the Church over that of kings and would be responsible for inserting the "Kyrie eleison" into the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

  • 705 A.D.
  • Election of Pope John VII as 86th successor of Peter. His papacy would last two years. Born in Rossano di Calabria, Italy, John VII would refuse to consent to the ambiguous claims of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian II who would initiate those massacres which would convince the Latin peoples to separate themselves more and more from the Eastern Empire.

  • 965 A.D.
  • Death of the antipope Leo VIII who was elected by a schismatic Synod and the Emperor Otto I because of his fued with the true Roman Pontiff Pope John XII. Unlike other antipopes, Leo was a victim of circumstances and a good man who was under the undue influence and pressure of Otto.

  • 1420 A.D.
  • On this date Pope Martin I announced a crusade against John Huss and his heretical teachings, but because of other problems with the papacy at the time and the struggle between Council and Pope, it never materialized and consequently would leave the door open for the Protestant Reformation to rise its ugly head a century later.

  • 1484 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Christopher, a Dominican preacher and abbot who was gifted with prophecy and translated those into his powerful homilies. Everywhere he went, especially in Taggia where he is highly revered today, great conversions occurred. He was beatified by Pope Pius IX in 1875.

  • 1591 A.D.
  • Pope Gregory XIV's threat on this day to make the excommunication of King Henry IV of France permanent helped rally the French faithful to convince the monarch to reunite with Rome after Gregory's predecessor the inflexible Pope Sixtus V had placed Henry under interdict.

March 1, 2001
volume 12, no. 60
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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