On February 19, 1969, Pope Paul VI elevated him to bishop, assigning him as Bishop of St. Paul in Alberta where he took over on the Feast of the Annunciation that same year. He resigned this office on May 3, 1972 to take the position in Rome as Rector of the Canadian College there. Here he became involved in curial activities, being selected by the Holy Father as Vice President-Secretary of the Vatican Committee for the Family from 1973 to 1980. On July 7, 1984 Pope John Paul II promoted him to titular Archbishop of Giustiana Prima and made him Pro-President of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Two years later the Holy Father honored him by including him in the Consistory of May 25, 1985. He received his red-hat and the rank of cardinal deacon and the titular church of St. Elena on the fuori Porta Prenestina.
In 1985 the Pope appointed him President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, a position he held until 1990. In 1991 He was tabbed as President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, a position he still maintains even at the age of 81. The Holy Father transferred him to the order of cardinal priests on January 29, 1996 receiving the titular church of St. Marcellus. He maintains an address in Rome at Via di Porta Angelica, 31 00193 Rome, Italy.
The Normans capture Bari on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Rome can do nothing, embattled between Pope Alexander II and the antipope Honorius. Though the original intent was to rid Italy of the infidels invading Italian soil, the Norman victory firmly entrenched them in Italy where they would take hold for centuries to come.
Death of Saint Drogo, also known as Druon, a Flemish saint who became a hermit in Sebourg, France and is today the Patron Saint of Shepherds.
Pope Innocent IV, a pope of questionable character, sends John of Plan de Carpine as papal envoy to the Mongols.
Birth of John II "the Good", who would go on to be monarch of France.
Death of Saint Bernadette Soubirous at the age of 35 in Nevers, France. She was the humble visionary at Lourdes to whom Our Lady confirmed "I am the Immaculate Conception." After struggling with the ridicule and disbelief of the villagers, she remained obedient to the Blessed Virgin's wishes in making Lourdes an international shrine of healing for all God's children. She became a religious with the Sisters of Notre Dame and died in the convent on this date. To the amazement of her fellow nuns and people the world over, her body never decayed and remains incorrupt to this day, on view in Nevers.
The King of England Edward I makes a historic visit to Glastonbury Abbey on Easter Sunday, making it the first official visit by a monarch to this celebrated monastery of the middle ages.
Christopher Columbus is appointed Admiral and Viceroy by the Capitulationes de Santa Fe, which paves the way for him to head the expedition to the new world.
The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V challenges the French king Francis I to a personal combat as many bolt from the Church and Pope Paul III intervenes to pacify these Catholic monarchs.
Pope Leo XI is crowned as the 232nd supreme pontiff but he would only live for ten days, falling ill and dying while on procession from the Vatican to the Lateran.
The Diet of Worms in which Holy Roman Emperor Charles V condemns Martin Luther a year after the latter had been excommunicated by Pope Leo X. Luther, a proud man, refuses to repent despite the severe action taken against him.
The Shroud of Turin goes on display in Turin, Italy. It would be available for pilgrims to visit through June 24th including the Holy Father on May 22nd. Over three million would pass through the turnstiles.
I desire all of My faithful little ones to understand that I am asking the vast majority of them to suffer in a spiritual desert in these days. Many have already entered this path of suffering. Many more shall enter upon it. My children, by this suffering, I permit you to experience in a very small degree the total abandonment that was My bitter cup to drink during My Sacred Passion.
I want all of you to know the weight of My Cross so that by My Merciful Love given through the Holy Spirit, you may become as pure gold - refined in the furnace of My Love!
O! How great is My Merciful Love. Therefore, as you experience this sense of total abandonment, fear not! I am with you in an intimate way, yet I am silent and veil My presence from you.
It is thus that the Hour of Great Justice is held back until the fullness of My Mercy is poured out upon all the world. Know, My children, that you who so suffer give Me much comfort. Even as I pour out Mercy, so shall two-thirds of My children reject Mercy for they deny Me and choose satan!
O! If you only knew the depths of My fathomless Mercy you would come running to Me, your Savior and God. Pray for those who are persecuted doing My Will! Pray that the graces I will give to all who help the founding of My Order of Divine Mercy, as I once entrusted to Sister Faustina, will not be rejected. Let all the world know of My words. They are the Divine Will and not the senseless dreaming of stone-cold hearts. In the end My victory shall be proclaimed. My Order of Divine Mercy shall blossom, but not without much suffering.
Pray very much as My Mother has directed you, for it is I, Jesus Christ, Who sends Her to you. Pray. Be obedient to the Holy Father. Pray for all priests. Receive the Sacraments. Above all, love Me devoutly in the Holy Eucharist. I love and bless you all. Peace!
I say to all of My people: Behold, the power of God is made manifest among you, yet you do not recognize it. I solemnly tell you that more and more, in mercy, the Power of God shall be made manifest in many ways, that all will come to recognize Me.
I have given to My Mother the privilege of gathering together My faithful remnant. To Her, who is Ever-Virgin, I have given her the words to call many to gather together in community, to live humbly, simply, obediently and in holiness, in the physical places of refuge which are being formed world-wide.
To all I solemnly tell you these people gathered together shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, forming them in My likeness that they, living as the first Christians lived, will be a beacon of light in the world-wide darkness of apostasy, schism and heresy. I solemnly tell all: These places are not separate from My True Church. O! It is just the opposite. In these places of refuge My chosen ones, greatly persecuted, shall live the fullness of faith through the Sacramental life of My Church. They are and must continue to be in full obedience to My Vicar on earth, the Holy Father, who speaks with My Voice. Therefore, do not persecute them, slander and malign them. I solemnly tell you it is by their great and unshakable faith that they shall cause great oceans of Mercy to pour forth from the Heavens.
By their unceasing prayers, toils, labors and adoration of My True Presence in the Blessed Sacrament, they shall hasten the Triumph of My Mother's Immaculate Heart, and mitigate the time of great chastisement. These people are very dear to My Most Sacred Heart; they comfort Me because they welcome Me into their hearts and, by their total fiat, hold back the full Justice of God.
In these places of refuge there can be no tepid, lukewarm souls. Only those who have heard My call and have understood it - letting My word take deep root in their lives - shall live there.
I solemnly tell you: Blessed will be all who help these places of refuge, for I shall make manifest My Almighty Power, drawing all into the Light of Truth. Continually I sift My flock for, behold, the moment is close at hand when, in a supernatural moment, I shall bring unity to the world, thereby having but one flock under My Banner. All shall know the Truth and come to Me in My True Church, the Roman Catholic Church. No longer will division reign, only unity through and from the Holy Spirit.
Woe! Triple woe to the weak, lukewarm, power-hungry authorities within and without My Church who persecute My little ones. It is through them that My Covenant made with the Father shall be realized. This is the Covenant I made on your behalf when I taught you how to pray, saying "Our Father..." Now is the time for this to be fulfilled, that all Scripture might be fulfilled.
Therefore, be awakened by the Holy Spirit Who melts hearts of stone. Let every tongue be stilled unless it speak of Me in praise and thanksgiving and petition. Let no evil thought enter your minds lest your curiosity lead you into sin and error. It is to the humble little souls I come. Have I not always done so? They are the wretched ones whose hearts have accepted Me, and over whom I reign.
Soon I shall reclaim My kingdom. Be alert. Pray much, that yet much Mercy may be given you. For the Day of Great Justice is upon the horizon. The red moon has been seen in the Heavens, and this marks the beginning of that period of time man shall call the River of Sorrow.
I, Jesus Christ, God and Savior, am with you. Do not falter, nor grow weak in your fiat. Time is very short, My children, and then shall you rejoice for all eternity in My Kingdom of Heaven.
I love and bless you and give you My Peace. Persevere!