DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     April 9-11, 1999     vol. 10, no. 70


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Historical Events in Church Annals for April 9:

  • 715 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Constantine who helped Spain maintain the faith and introduced the gesture of kissing the foot of St. Peter's statue. Born in Syria, he was elected on March 25, 708. During his seven year papacy he was carried off to Constantinople by force, yet used this to his advantage by bringing about some form of peace between the Church and the Byzantine Empire. He also encouraged the Christians of Spain in their fight against the infidels.

  • 1483 A.D.
  • Death of Edward IV, King of England. His brother Richard becomes the "Protector" of Edward's son - twelve year-old Edward V.

  • 1486 A.D.
  • Maximilian I is crowned King of Germany during the reign of Pope Innocent VIII

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 10:

  • 787 A.D.
  • The first organ in France is installed in the Church of Saint Cornielle in Compiegne, France by Pepin, King of France and future Holy Roman Emperor.

  • 1191 A.D.
  • England's Richard I leads his army out of Sicily, leaving the area vulnerable to the Hohenstaufen forces and greatly hurting the Papal States power.

  • 1555 A.D.
  • Pope Marcellus II is elected the 222nd in the line of Peter, but he does not last a month, dying on May 1, 1555. He was the last Pope to maintain his baptismal name. In just three short weeks he would stamp his own sense of austerity and justice on the curia. He would interest himself greatly in the Russian and Mongolian peoples and, after his death, Pierluigi da Palestrina would compose the famous "Mass of Pope Marcellus."

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 11:

  • 678 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Donus, the 78th successor of Peter and the Pope who brought an end to schism in Ravenna. Born in Rome, he was elected on September 2, 676. During his two year pontificate he also encouraged the bishops to support the new schools in Germanic Gaul and that of Cambridge in England.

  • 1079 A.D.
  • The martyrdom of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop of Cracow, who was slain by King Boleslaus II of Poland while Stanislaus was celebrating Holy Mass.

  • 1506 A.D.
  • Construction begins on the new Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican under the guidance of Pope Julius II who enlisted the talents of Michelangelo and Raphael.

  • 1512 A.D.
  • The Papal Troops and the Holy League armies are badly defeated by the French at Ravenna, Italy but the plight of the alliance of the Holy League leads to help from the Swiss troops which results in driving France from Italian soil and creates the evolution of the famous Swiss Guard who guard the Vatican today.

April 9-11, 1999   FRI-SAT-SUN       volume 10, no. 70


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