DAILY CATHOLIC FRI-SAT-SUN December 3-5, 1999 vol. 10, no. 230
MILLENNIUM MILESTONES & MEMORIES: TIME CAPSULES
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Historical Events in Church Annals for December 3:
(Feast of Saint Francis Xavier)
Pope Saint Zachary becomes the 91st successor of Peter. Born in Calabria, his pontificate would last eleven years during which time he would strongly oppose Rachis, Duke of Friuli, whose desire was to occupy all of Italy. But through Zachary's example and prayers, Rachis converted and became a repentant monk. Zachary is most famous for consecrating Pipin the Short as King of the Franks, which would be the first investiture of a sovereign by a Roman pontiff. St. Zachary would die on March 22, 752.
Historical Events in Church Annals for December 4:
Death of Saint Barbara, virgin and martyr who was savagely beheaded by her own father because of her faith. Immediately after he had cut off her head he was struck down by lightning as a sign of God's anger at such a violent act against His martyred daughter.
Historical Events in Church Annals for December 5:
Death of Saint Sabas, abbot who lived to the ripe old age of 93 who ministered to the peasants and royalty, in particular the Byzantine emperor. But Sabas always showed his allegiance to one King only - Jesus Christ.