March 31, 2001
volume 12, no. 90

Events throughout Church History that occurred on March 31st

  • 1146 A.D.
  • Saint Bernard of Clairvaux announces the Second Crusade at Vezelay, France, informing recruits that he will personally preach the Crusade. He was sanctioned to do this by Pope Blessed Eugene III.

  • 1492 A.D.
  • Because of insurrection against the Church, Spain orders all Jews and Sicilian Zionists to leave the country or comply with the Christian Church.

  • 1495
  • Pope Alexander VI aligns with the "Holy League" to counter the military advances of King Charles VIII of France.

  • 1547 A.D.
  • Death of King Francis I, Catholic monarch of France

  • 1621 A.D.
  • Death of King Philip III, Catholic ruler of Spain.

  • 2000 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II, in an effort to ease the tension in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas after the people had rebelled with the transfer of the bishop they wanted, appoints Bishop Arizmendi Esquivel. He succeeded the very popular Bishop Samuel Ruiz who had retired after 40 years in Chiapas. The people rebelled against both the Vatican and the Mexican government for accusing "their" man Bishop Ruiz Vera of siding with the Zapitista rebels. The Holy Father had transferred Vera to northern Mexico and the Diocese of Saltillo.

March 31, 2001
volume 12, no. 90
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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