DAILY CATHOLIC WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY December 8-9, 1999 vol. 10, no. 233-234
Historical Events in Church Annals for December 8:
(SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION)
Death of Mary, Queen of Scots, Catholic Queen who was persecuted by the English for her faith, and was put to death at the order of her sister Queen Elizabeth after nineteen years imprisoned by the latter. Elizabeth, fearing Mary would be elected Queen of England because her claim was more valid, did the dastardly deed.
Historical Events in Church Annals for December 9:
(Feast of Blessed Juan Diego)
Death of Saint Hipparchus, magistrate from Samosata who was crucified along with the marytrs Philotheus, Abibus, James, Lollian, Paregrus and Romanus and became known as the "Seven Martyrs of Samosata" during the terrible reign of Roman Emperor Maximinus who had ordered them to worship the pagan gods. When they refused, they were discovered to be Christians and cruelly tortured before being put to death.