DAILY CATHOLIC    TUESDAY     February 9, 1999     vol. 10, no. 27


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Historical Events in Church Annals for February 9:

  • 249 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Apollonia, an aging deaconess in Alexandria who was stoned and dragged through the streets by an angry mob of anti-Christians who had been stirred into a frenzy by a false poet. Though she was severely hurt and all her teeth knocked out, she did not die and the mob, infuriated, threw her into a bonfire where, professing her undying love for Christ, she was burned to death. She is the Patron Saint of Dentists.

  • 566 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Sabinus, Bishop of Canosa in the Apulian region of Italy who was a close friend of Saint Benedict, founder of the Benedictines. He was sent as papal legate to the Eastern Emperor Justinian by Pope Saint Agapitus I. He is considered the Patron Saint of Bari in Italy.

  • 580 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Theilian, Irish bishop of Cardiff in Wales where he ministered to the people of Wales and founded numerous monasteries and churches there. It is said that after his death three different groups claimed ownership of his relics and the next morning when they went to claim the body, there were three bodies of St. Thelian, also known as Saint Teillo.

  • 760 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Alto, an Irish monk who was sent to Germany as a missionary and began a hermitage in the Bavarian forest near Augsburg. Because of his holiness, King Pepin bestowed on him land to found a monastery in Altomunster and it was dedicated in 750 by Saint Boniface himself. When the monastery fell into disrepair, the story goes that he appeared to a Bavarian king in 1000 requesting the monarch restore the monastery. The king complied and, to this day, the monastery is still in existence.

  • 1225 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Raynald of Nocera, a Benedictine monk who became a Bishop and a close friend of Saint Francis of Assisi. Like the gentle founder of the Friars Minor, Raynald cared greatly for the sick, poor and downtrodden and would spend his entire day hearing confessions. He is considered the Patron Saint of Nocera in the Umbria region of Italy.

  • 1621 A.D.
  • Cardinal Alessandro Ludovisi is elected the 234th successor of Peter and chooses the name Pope Gregory XV. His pontificate would last only two years and he would dedicate it to the missions and assisting the Catholic restoration of France as well as instituting the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith to assist missionaries, especially in Ireland.

  • 1910 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Miguel Febres Cordero, a deformed child who overcame his handicap by dedicating himself to his studies and became a great De la Salle Christian Brother. He was Ecuador's first saint, canonized in 1984 by Pope John Paul II.

February 9, 1999       volume 10, no. 27


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