THURSDAY
March 22, 2001
volume 12, no. 81

Events throughout Church History that occurred on March 22nd


  • 752 A.D.
  • Election of Stephen to succeed Pope Saint Zachary but he died from a stroke four days later before he was consecrated so he was never considered a Pope according to Canon Law. His immediate successor would be the true Stephen II.

  • 1459 A.D.
  • Birth of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor

  • 1594 A.D.
  • Paris surrenders to King Henry IV of France

  • 1947 A.D.
  • Saint Nicholas Von Flue of Switzerland is canonized by Pope Pius XII

  • 1591 A.D.
  • Pope Gregory XIV bans all wagering on papal elections as well as betting on the length of a papal reign or when cardinal would be named and who.

  • 1947 A.D.
  • Pope Pius XII publishes his eleventh encyclical Fulgens radiatur on Saint Benedict.

  • 1998 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II travels to Nigeria where he beatifies the first native-born Nigerian saint Blessed Father Cyprian Michael Tansi, the same holy missionary who baptized Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze.

  • 2000 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II travels to Bethlehem where he celebrates a Papal Mass in Manger Square, then spends some quiet time at the Grotto of the Nativity before visiting a refugee camp and meeting with Yassir Arafat during the Pope's third day in the Holy Land on his historic "Jubilee Journey."


March 22, 2001
volume 12, no. 81
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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