DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     April 16-18, 1999     vol. 10, no. 75


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Historical Events in Church Annals for April 16:

  • 556 A.D.
  • Roman-born Pope Pelagius I becomes the sixtieth successor of Peter. He was the pope who built the Church of the Twelve Apostles.

  • 1071 A.D.
  • 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.

  • 1189 A.D.
  • 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.

  • 1245 A.D.
  • Pope Innocent IV, a pope of questionable character, sends John of Plan de Carpine as papal envoy to the Mongols.

  • 1319 A.D.
  • Birth of John II "the Good", who would go on to be monarch of France.

  • 1879 A.D.
  • 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.

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 17:

  • 858 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Benedict III, the 104th successor of Peter. He was known as the Pope who was beloved by the people for his virtue. He was the first pontiff who suggested the concept of the Crusades by rallying Christians to fight against the threat of the Saracens.

  • 1172 A.D.
  • 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.

  • 1492 A.D.
  • 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.

  • 1536 A.D.
  • 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.

  • 1605 A.D.
  • 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.

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 18:

  • 1506 A.D.
  • Foundation stone is laid at a celebration overseen by Pope Julius II to begin construction of the new St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

  • 1521 A.D.
  • 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.

  • 1998 A.D.
  • 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.

April 16-18, 1999 FRI-SAT-SUN       volume 10, no. 75


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