March 8, 2001
volume 12, no. 67

Events throughout Church History that occurred on March 8th

  • 420 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Provinus, Bishop of Como, Italy who was a disciple of Saint Ambrose and coadjutor Bishop to Saint Felix whom he followed in 391 as head of the Diocese of Como.

  • 1144 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Celestine II, 165th successor of Peter. Born in Citta di Castello, his pontificate was only six months. He died after bequeathing to the Church in San Florido 56 volumes of his most precious works from his personal library for the 'ransom of his soul.' He had been exiled to his homeland Citta di Castello because of the siege of Roger II of Sicily. With the help of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, he settled the internal differences of the Church. He also tried to end the war between Scotland and England but was not able to obtain peace in Italy because of Roger's agenda against Rome. He also lifted the excommunication his predecessor Pope Innocent II had inflicted on King Louis VII of France.

  • 1495 A.D.
  • Birth of Saint John of God in Montemoro Novo, Portugal.

  • 1550 A.D.
  • Death of Saint John of God on his 55th birthday in Granada, Spain. This saint and religious founder of the Order of Brother Hospitalers - also the Brothers of St. John of God, is the patron of the sick, nurses and hospitals. He epitomized the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. For more, see DAILY LITURGY

March 8, 2001
volume 12, no. 67
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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