DAILY CATHOLIC THANKSGIVING WEEK November 25-29, 1998 vol. 9, no. 231
MILLENNIUM MILESTONES & MEMORIES: TIME CAPSULES
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Historical Events in Church Annals for November 25:1185 A.D.
Cardinal Umberto Crivelli, the prelate who had planned the "Lombard League" is chosen the 172nd successor of Peter and takes the name Pope Urban III. This Milan-born pontiff wouls serve until October 20, 1187. He was elected in Verona and there he set up his papal court. He stood up firmly against the arrogance of Frederick Barbarossa and died of sorrow when the Saracens took possession of his beloved Jerusalem.
Historical Events in Church Annals for November 26:
THANKSGIVING DAY399 A.D.
Death of Pope Saint Siricus, 38th successor of Peter. Born in Rome, he was elected on December 15th, 284. His fifteen year pontificate was remembered for him being the first to assume the title of "Pope" or "Papa" from the Greek "Father." It is maintained also from an anagram formed from the initals of the Latin words "Petri Apostoli Potestatem Accipiens". He also upheld the necessity of celibacy for priests.
Historical Events in Church Annals for November 27:399 A.D.
Pope Saint Anastasius I becomes the 39th successor of Peter. His papacy would last two years in which he would resolve the schism between Rome and the Church of Antioch. He also would strenuously fight the followers of immoral practices, maintaining that the Divinity was also hidden in material things. It would be Anastasius who would decree that priests should remain standing during the Gospel.
Historical Events in Church Annals for November 28:450 A.D.
Death of Saint Senchall, nephew of Saint Patrick, who accompanied the great Apostle of Ireland on his mission of conversion throughout the emerald isle and who wrote a special hymn on Patrick.
Historical Events in Church Annals for November 29:799 A.D.
Pope Saint Leo III is escorted back to Rome under protection of the Emperor Charlemagne because the Pope was falsely accused by hostile aristocrats of perjurty and adultery. A year later this holy pontiff would be acquitted by Charlemagne of such ridiculous charges and the latter would by crowned by the Pope as Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day 800 A.D.