DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     January 22-24, 1999     vol. 10, no. 15


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Historical Events in Church Annals for January 22:

  • 304 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Vincent of Zaragosa, Deacon and Martyr. For more on this saint, see LITURGY.

  • 418 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Gaudentius, Bishop of Novara, Italy and martyred for Christ at Bergell.

  • 628 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Anastasius, a Persian soldier who was strangled and decapitated on the shores of the Euphrates River because he would not renounce his faith but rather converted all the prisoners and prison guards; so much so that even torture could not turn the flood of converts to this mystical, holy man. Miracles attributed to his intercession were said to have occurred abundantly after his death.

  • 1045 A.D.
  • Death of Brithwold, Benedictine Bishop of Ramsbury and Sarum. He possessed mystical gifts, receiving visions and messages from above.

  • 1588 A.D.
  • Pope Sixtus V issues his decree "Immense aeterni" reforming the Roman Curia.

  • 1795 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Vincent Pallotti,priest and teacher of theology in Rome who was canonized during the Second Vatican Council by Pope Paul VI.

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 23:

  • 98 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Parmenas, one of the original seven deacons designated by the Holy Spirit in the upper room on Pentecost. His apostolate was ministering to the Jewish converts from Greece in the Holy City of Jerusalem. He died for his faith in Philippi, Macedonia.

  • 287 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Asclas from Antinoe who died for his faith during the fierce persecution of Dioceletian. His bleeding body was tossed into the nile where crocodiles devoured him.

  • 304 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ermerentiana, foster sister of Saint Agnes who was stoned to death while grieving at the tomb of her late relative just a few days after Agnes' death . Ermerentiana also died a virgin and martyr. She is considered the patron saint for those with stomach ailments.

  • 309 A.D.
  • Deaths of Saint Clement and Saint Agathangelus, both martyred at Ancyra under the command of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Clement was the Galatian Bishop of Ancyra and Agathangelus was a Roman soldier who was converted and baptized by Clement while he was in prison.

  • 356 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Amasius, Greek bishop of Teano, Italy who the Arians targeted because he refused to go along with the heresy.

  • 667 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ildephonsus of Toledo, Spanish abbot, Cardinal and Archbishop of Toledo who unified the Spanish liturgy and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church.

  • 841 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Barnard of Vienne, French abbot and archbishop of Vienne who was raised in the inner sanctum of the court of Charlemagne.

  • 880 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Maimbod, Irish missionary who was martyred by pagan tribes in the Alsace region of France.

  • 1998 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II, while in Cuba during his papal visit, condemns the United States policy of the three decade-long embargo against Cuba, imploring President Clinton to lift it for the sake of the people of Cuba. To this date Clinton has still not responded affirmatively.

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 24:

  • 250 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Babylas, Patriarch of Antioch, and his martyred companions. Besides the universally well-known Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Ignatius, Babylas is very popular in Eastern Catholic circles. He and his companions were thrown in chains and left to die during the terrible persecution of the Roman emperor Decius.

  • 254 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Felician, Bishop of Foligno who is purported to be the first prelate other than a Pope to be presented the woolen pallium. This was done by Pope Saint Victor I when the Holy Father traveled to Felician's site in Italy to ordain him a bishop and make the presentation. Felician governed his see for five decades before being arrested by Decius and condemned to death. He died at the age of 94 from excessive torture and whippings being dragged behind a Roman chariot outside of Foligno.

  • 268 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Zama, first Bishop of Bologna who was consecrated by Pope Saint Dionysius.

  • 396 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Artemius, Bishop of Clermont who converted to the faith and became a priest and then a bishop. He had been a legate for the Spanish monarchy when he was delayed in France due to sickness and there his life experienced a conversion process that paved the way for his religious life.

  • 580 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Suranus, Abbot of the Sora Monastery. Legend has it that when the Lombards threatened the village at Sora St. Suranus gave the refugees fleeing the city anything they could carry with them for survival, totally depleting the monastery for he knew the Lombards would level it anyway. They did as well as making St. Suranus a martyr on this date in 580 when they realized there was nothing to salvage.

  • 772 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Stephen III, 94th successor of Peter who was born in Sicily and served as Supreme Pontiff for four years. Preceded by two antipopes, he immediately made good the harm caused by them. He corrected the conduct of Charlemagne and encouraged in every way the Christians in Palestine.

  • 817 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Stephen IV, 97th successor of Peter. This Roman-born Vicar of Christ served for only nine months. During this short time he tried to avoid internal riots and rebellion by the institution of an oath to the Emperor subject to the latter's loyalty to the Pope. At Rheims he crowned Emperor Ludovico as King of the Franks.

  • 1118 A.D.
  • John of Gaeta is elected Pope Gelasius II, 161st successor of Peter. He would die a year later. His pontificate would be short but stormy for he would be attacked in the Basilica of the Lateran and imprisoned by the rebel Cencio Frangipane. Genoese sailors would release him a few months later and he would return to Gaeta, dress in the disguise of a pilgrim and return to Rome under cover. Just before his death he would move to Cluny.

January 22, 1999       volume 10, no. 15


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