DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     January 29-31, 1999     vol. 10, no. 20


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Historical Events in Church Annals for January 29:

  • 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.

  • 1860 A.D.
  • Pope Pius IX establishes the American College in Rome.

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 30:

  • 180 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Agrippinus, ninth successor of Saint Mark as bishop of Alexandria, Egypt. Whether he was martyred or died a natural death is not documented.

  • 228 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Martina of Rome. Orphaned at an early age, she remained a virgin all her life. Though tempted and forced to give up her virginity to a Roman courter, she steadfastly refused. The spurned suitor became incensed and betrayed her by turning her into the Roman Emperor Alexander Severus who had her beheaded and thrown to the lions in the colisseum.

  • 311 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Savina of Milan, a virgin who tended to the imprisoned Christians and following through with burial of their bodies after they had been martyred. She was killed herself by Diocletian's soldiers while praying at the grave of Saint Felix.

  • 684 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Aldegund, who is the patron saint of breast cancer patients since she also died of this disease. She founded the abbey of Maubeuge in France and became its first abbess.

  • 680 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Bathildis, Saxon queen who married King Clovis and was privileged to have Saint Eligius to give her spiritual direction. Her early upbringing prompted her to lower taxation on the poor so the families could also raise families. She also ruled that no Christians or French citizen could be sold into slavery. Many believe she was the first crusader toward abolishing slavery. When Clovis died she gave up the castle in favor of life as a Benedictine nun where she lived out her life as a simple, humble religious at Chelles Abbey outside of Paris.

  • 1640 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Hyacinth Mariscotti, who strayed often but, in sickness, rediscovered the Church and her vocation as a Franciscan Tertiary. Learning from her mistakes she became an excellent novice mistress because she was able to relate with the temptations the novices were experiencing.

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 31:

  • 314 A.D.
  • Election of Pope Saint Sylvester I as 33rd successor of Peter. His pontificate would last 21 years and he would be the first Pope to wear the papal tiara. He would celebrate the first Ecumenical Council, overseeing the Council of Nicaea from Rome, yet would play a significant role in defining the "Credo" that would be said henceforth at all Masses. He would also institute Sunday as a holyday in memory of the Resurrection and would create the "Iron Cross" with a nail from the true Holy Cross of Christ.

  • 626 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Aidan, Irish missionary to Wales who founded numerous monasteries and churches and had many miracles attributed to him. Before he died he promised to protect three of his monasteries at Ferns, Drumlane and Rossinver and to seal this bequeathed his staff, a bell and a reliquary to the respective religious institutions. To this day the monasteries and willed gifts remain intact.

  • 1815 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Francis Xavier Bianchini, a Barnabite priest who was known and loved for his mystical gifts iincluding prophecies. In 1805 it is documented that when Mt. Vesuvius was preparing to erupt once more, he blessed the first river of lava that flowed down and it froze, stopping further eruptions. He is ofent called the "Apostle of Naples" because of his work with the poor, the desolate and juvenile delinquent teen boys and girls.

  • 1836 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Mary Christina, royal daughter of King Victor Emmanuel who married the monarch of the two Sicilies King Ferdinand II. She was only 23 when she died.

  • 1888 A.D.
  • Death of Saint John Bosco, Founder of the Salesians. For more on this saint, see THIS WEEKEND'S LITURGY.

January 29-31, 1999       volume 10, no. 20


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