DAILY CATHOLIC FRI-SAT-SUN January 8-10, 1999 vol. 10, no. 5
MILLENNIUM MILESTONES & MEMORIES: TIME CAPSULES
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Historical Events in Church Annals for January 8:
Death of Pope Celestine III, 175th successor of Peter whose pontificate lasted seven years. He sustained the indissolubility of marriage and gave official approval to the Order of the Teutonic Knights whose principal duty was to defend the pilgrims in the Holy Land.
Historical Events in Church Annals for January 9:
Death of Saint Adrian, African-born Archbishop and abbot who became archbishop of Canterbury where he died on this date. His tomb became renowned to pilgrims for the miraculous occurrences through his intercession.
Historical Events in Church Annals for January 10:
Election of Pope Saint Fabian, 20th successor of Peter. At the moment of his election a dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit, alighted on his head confirming to the his electors that they had chosen wisely and God was greatly pleased. During his fourteen year pontificate the exodus from Rome would be so great in order to flee from the persecution of the Roman Emperor Decius that it prompted the beginning of the hermitical life of the anchorites.