DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     April 23-25, 1999     vol. 10, no. 80


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Historical Events in Church Annals for April 23:

  • 303 A.D.
  • Death of Saint George by beheading at the order of Diocletian. This martyred soldier is not only the Patron Saint of England and Portugal, but also of soldiers and the Boy Scouts of America. See DAILY LITURGY

  • 981 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Adalbert of Magdeburg also of Prague who was an Archbishop who played a key role in the conversion of Russia. See DAILY LITURGY

  • 1014 A.D.
  • Brian Boru, King of Ireland defeats the Danes at the Battle of Clondarf, preserving the faith in the emerald isle.

  • 1445 A.D.
  • Margaret of Anjou marries King Henry VI, monarch of England with the blessings of Pope Eugene IV.

  • 1500 A.D.
  • Explorer Pedro Alvarez de Cabral lands in Brazil and proclaims it for Portugal, bringing the faith to this largest of South American countries.

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 24:

  • 709 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Wilfrid, Bishop from Northumbria, England.

  • 858 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Nicholas I is elected as the 105th successor of Peter. With the Emperor Louis II, he launched an army against the Saracen threat. He is also the Pope who proclaimed August 15th as the permanent date of the Feast of the Assumption.

  • 1519 A.D.
  • Representatives of the Aztec chief Montezuma II attend the first Easter Mass to be held in Central America.

  • 1576 A.D.
  • Birth of Saint Vincent de Paul in Gascony, France to a poor family. He would go on to become a priest and found the Vincentians.

  • 1585 A.D.
  • Pope Sixtus V is elected by the College of Cardinals, becoming the 227th successor of Peter. Sixtus is credited with finishing the dome of St. Peter's Basilica and constructing the obelisk in the center of St. Peter's Square.

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 25:

  • 799 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Leo III is abducted while riding in a procession to Holy Mass and while he was violently attacked by a wild gang of fanatics of one of the Italian families who threatened to gouge out his eyes, he was rescued by more moderate members of the same family and sent to a monastery. He would regain the throne of the Holy See but not on this day.

  • 912 A.D.
  • The City of Venice is founded and the square named after Saint Mark to honor his feast day and the day of the establishment of this great northern Italian city which would become a strong bastion of Catholicism.

  • 1142 A.D.
  • Death of Saint William of Vercelli, hermit and religious founder.

  • 1214 A.D.
  • Birth of Saint Louis IX to King Louis VIII and his holy mother Blanche. Young Louis would become the King of France at the age of 12 and rule for 44 years, going down as one of the greatest monarchs ever. He played a key role in the affairs of Holy Mother Church during the turbulent thirteenth century.

  • 1342 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Benedict XII, the 197th successor of Peter, who reformed the Benedictine, Franciscan and Dominican orders and was third pontiff to reside in France during the Avignon Captivity.

April 23-25, 1999 FRI-SAT-SUN       volume 10, no. 80


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