March 23, 2001
volume 12, no. 82

Events throughout Church History that occurred on March 23rd

  • 1324 A.D.
  • Pope John XXII excommunicates the Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV for conspiracy.

  • 1534 A.D.
  • Pope Clement VII upholds the marriage of Catherine of Aragon to England's King Henry VIII, further infuriating the British monarch.

  • 1540 A.D.
  • Henry VIII confiscates the last remaining Roman Catholic monastery in England - Waltham Abbey.

  • 1555 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Julius III, 221st successor of Peter. Born in Rome, he was elected on February 8, 1550. During his five year pontificate he reopened the Council of Trent and continued to oppose the Lutheran doctrine. When Mary Tudor ascended the throne of England, he sent a legate to reestablish the Catholic Faith there. He also celebrated the Tenth Jubilee in the year he was elected.

  • 1606 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo on his way back to Lima, Peru after a mission in a Peruvian Indian village. For more see DAILY LITURGY.

  • 2000 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II celebrates Holy Mass with select cardinals and bishops where the Most Blessed Sacrament was first instituted by Our Lord at the Last Supper in the Upper Room. Later he meets with the two chief Rabbis of Israel and then a courtesty visit to President Ezer Weizman before he's escorted to the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. There, in some of the most touching moments of his pilgrimage, he is invited to stir the eternal flame and lay a wreath on the memorial, then invited to meet survivors of the Holocaust including old friends from his days as a youth in Poland.

March 23, 2001
volume 12, no. 82
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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