DAILY CATHOLIC    THURS-FRI-SAT: EASTER TRIDUUM     April 1-3, 1999     vol. 10, no. 64


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Historical Events in Church Annals for April 1:

  • 568 A.D.
  • The Lombards from the north began their trek across the Alps into Italy during the reign of Pope John III. The Lombards would go on to become an intricate culture in Italy for centuries.

  • 1132 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Hugh of Grenoble, a Benedictine bishop who was in demand of the Popes of his time. He was canonized two years after his death by Pope Innocent III.

  • 1204 A.D.
  • Death of Queen Elanor of Aquitaine, the Catholic Queen of both England and France.

  • 1375 A.D.
  • Saint Catherine of Siena receives the Stigmata while on a visit to Pisa in northern Italy to organize religious revival in that city. Though the stigmata was invisible during her life, it became visible upon her death.

  • 1406 A.D.
  • Death of King Robert II of Scotland.

  • 1548 A.D.
  • Death of King Sigsimund I, monarch of Poland.

  • 1611 A.D.
  • Gallileo, under scrutiny by the Church for his views and theories, is received in private audience by Pope Paul V.

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 2:

  • 742
  • Birth of the emperor Charlemagne - the great Holy Roman Emperor.

  • 999 A.D.
  • Pope Sylvester II elected as the 139th successor of Peter. Like Pope John Paul II, Sylvester was also a non-Italian and this French Pontiff, born in Auvergne, France, would prepare his universal flock for the second millennium - just as our Polish Pope is doing for the third millennium. Sylvester II would try to repress the debauchery of these times and, highly cultured, he would introduce the use of Arabic numbers.

  • 1250 A.D.
  • The Seventh Crusade, led by Saint Louis, King of France, is forced to surrender to the Muslimsm because of broken promises to the crusaders by Pope Innocent IV and Frederick II Hohenstaufen and his son Manfred.

  • 1416
  • Death of King Ferdinand I, monarch of Aragon which would be annexed as an intricate part of Spain.

  • 1502
  • Death of Prince Arthur, Prince of Wales and oldest brother of England's King Henry VIII.

  • 1507 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Francis of Paola, Franciscan and religous founder whose optional feast we celebrate today.

  • 1559
  • The Marriage of Philip II King of Spain to Queen Isabella of France, solidifying the Catholic bloc in those two nations and ensuring Catholicism would prosper despite the reformation.

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 3:

  • 304 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Pancras A Syrian from Phrygia who was a convert to Christianity and martyred for his faith in Rome during the persecution of Diocletian.

  • 999 A.D.
  • Archbishop Gerbert of Aurillac is consecrated the first French Pope, taking the name Pope Sylvester II.

  • 1245 A.D.
  • Birth of Philip III, nicknamed "the Bold" who would become the King of France.

  • 1287 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Honorius IV, the 190th successor of Peter who, during his two year pontificate, sought to establish closer relations with the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as the leaders of the Islam world. One of the first measures of this Roman-born Pontiff was to establish order in the Papal States. He gave great encouragement to the University of Paris.

  • 1312 A.D.
  • Pope Clement V, the first of the Avignon Popes, dissolves the Knights Templar who had grown increasingly in power and abuse of their privileges.

  • 1367 A.D.
  • Birth of Henry IV who would become King of England

April 1-3, 1999       volume 10, no. 64


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