DAILY CATHOLIC    TUESDAY     February 23, 1999     vol. 10, no. 37


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Historical Events in Church Annals for February 23:

  • 156 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr. See DAILY LITURGY.

  • 303 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Serenus, hermit from Yugoslavia who is known as the "Gardener" for his carden of fruits, flowers and herbs on which he lived and preached to others how a garden is like life and they we must cultivate virtue and weed out vice. He was beheaded during the persecution of the Roman emperor Maximium in Sirmium, Yugoslavia which today is just west of Romania.

  • 867 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Lazarus, a Constantinople monk who was an artisan and restored the sacred images destroyed by iconoclasts during the reign of Theophilus who was incensed that he could restore these icons so quickly. Even though the emperor tried to torture him, he was able to evade further persecution and became an ambassador to Rome.

  • 1011 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Willigis, Archbishop of Mainz and Imperial Chancellor to the Holy Roman Emperor Otto II. Acting for the Pope, Willigis also crowned Otto's son Otto III after the death of the former. When Otto III died at an early age in 1002, despite rival factions and discord, Willigis was able to crown Saint Henry II along with his wife Saint Cunegund. Willigis is the patron saint of wheelmakers and carriage horsemen.

  • 1417 A.D.
  • Birth of Pietro Barbo in Venice, Italy. After becoming a cardinal-deacon at the unusually young age of 23, he would go on to be elected the 211th successor of Peter on August 30, 1464 at 47 years-old, taking the name Pope Paul II. After a seven year pontificate he would die on July 26, 1471 from a stroke.

  • 1447 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Eugene IV, 207th successor of Peter. For more on him, see today's feature installment on Pope Eugene IV: Taking on the Council in a struggle to the end.

February 23, 1999       volume 10, no. 37


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