May 18, 2001
volume 12, no. 126

Events throughout Church History that occurred on May 18th

  • 526 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint John I, the 53rd successsor of Peter who, after crowning Emperor Justinian, was imprisoned by the barbaric King Theodoric who had invaded Italy. John, the first pope to visit Constantinople, died in prison.

  • 964 A.D.
  • Death of Pope John XII. In one of the more embarassing times of the papacy, this pontiff is said to have had a stroke while bedding his mistress, a married woman. A week later he was dead. It was this pope who reconstituted the Holy Roman Empire, crown Otto I of Germany who later would depose John XII.

  • 872 A.D.
  • Louis II is crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Hadrian II.

  • 1306 A.D.
  • Pope Clement V excommunicates Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots.

  • 1920 A.D.
  • Birth of Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland during the sixth year of the reign of Pope Benedict XV, 258th Pontiff. Young Karol would become in 1978, the 264th successor of Peter and take the name John Paul II.

Events throughout Church History that occurred on May 19th

  • 715 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Gregory II becomes the 89th successor of Peter. He ordered the destruction of images forbade by the edict of Constantinople in a campaign against iconoclasm.

  • 988 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Dunstan, Irish saint, Benedictine monk, and Archbishop of Canterbury who revived monasticism in the Bristish Isles. He is Patron Saint of armorers, goldsmiths, locksmiths and jewelers.

  • 1218 A.D.
  • Death of Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor during the reign of Pope Honorius III.

  • 1296 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Celestine V, 192nd successor of Peter, who renounced the papacy when he realized he was a mere instrument in the hands of the lords of those troubled medieval times.

  • 1303 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ives also known as Saint Ivo Helory of Kermartin. Forty-four years after his death he was canonized by Pope Clement VI and is today known as the Patron Saint of Lawyers.

  • 1342 A.D.
  • Cardinal Pierre Roger becomes Pope Clement VI, 198th successor of Peter, who was the fourth in the Avignon line of Popes. Clement VI, known for being a great protector of the Jews, bought the city of Avignon for 18,000 gold florins.

  • 1611 A.D.
  • Birth of Blessed Pope Innocent XI, in Como, Italy as Benedetto Odescalchi who would become the 240th successor of Peter.

Events throughout Church History that occurred on May 20th

  • 1277 A.D.
  • Death of Pope John XXI, 187th successor of Peter, the first Portuguese Pope who died when the ceiling of the Viturbo Palace, which had been hastily erected, collapsed on top of the pontiff and some of his entourage. He died a few days later from internal injuries. It was similar to what happened in Assisi when the frescos fell on two friars a few years ago.

  • 1444 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Bernardine of Siena whose feast we celebrate today. This Franciscan served as vicar general of his order and became a bishop. This missionary was known far and wide for preaching devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. He was canonized by Pope Nicholas V in 1450.

  • 1506 A.D.
  • Death of Christopher Columbus, who, despite all his great accomplishments and acknowledgment from Queen Isabella, died in poverty and neglect at Valladolid, Spain.

  • 1536 A.D.
  • A day after dispatching of Anne Boleyn, the irreverant King Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour (not the actress), further raising the ire of Rome and Pope Paul III who would excommunicate the king two years later.

  • 1571 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Pius V, the 225th successor of Peter, forms the Holy League in alliance with Venice and Spain which would be the nucleus, along with the Papal States of the navy that would defeat the great Turkish fleet at the landmark battle of Lepanto under Don Juan of Austria later the same year on October 7th.

May 18, 2001
volume 12, no. 126
TIME CAPSULES in Church History
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