DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     July 23-25, 1999     vol. 10, no. 137


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Historical Events in Church Annals for July 23:

  • 685 A.D.
  • Election of Pope John V as the 82nd successor of Peter. This Syrian-born pontiff restored order to to the dioceses of Sardinia and Corsica, insisting on the right of the Holy See to nominate bishops to the islands. His election as Pope was due to the interference by the Byzantine Court.

  • 1373 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Bridget of Sweden, mystic who spent most of her later life in Rome. For more on this mystic, see THIS WEEKEND'S LITURGY.

  • 1532 A.D.
  • Turkish invasions force Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to abandon his crusade against the Protestants, thus agreeing to a peace treaty and depriving Pope Clement VII of the clout to rid the Protestant Reformation.

  • 1647 A.D.
  • Birth of Giovanni Francesco Albani in Urbino, Italy. He would go on to become a cardinal and the 243rd successor of Peter as Pope Clement XI in which he waited seven days before accepting his nomination to make sure it was legitimate. A man of great culture and a lover of the arts, he enriched the Vatican Library and concluded the 16th Jubilee in 1700.

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 24:

  • 459 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Simon Stylites, who lived on top of pillars at the top of a Syrian mountain. Thus this first of the pillar ascetics was called "Stylites" after the Greek word stylos meaning "pillar." He was consulted by all from the commoner to royalty.

  • 1148 A.D.
  • The Second Crusade arrives at the edge of Damascus in the Holy Land.

  • 1221 A.D.
  • The Battle of Bahr As-Saghir results in the defeat of the efforts of the Fifth Crusade.

  • 1567 A.D.
  • The Catholic Queen Mary, Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate her throne, opening Scotland to Protestantism.

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 25:

  • 44 A.D.
  • Death of Saint James the Greater, Apostle, to whom Our Lady appeared in Zaragoza, Spain and bid him return for the Council in Jerusalem. He died shortly thereafter. For more, see THIS WEEKEND'S LITURGY.

  • 251 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Christopher, legendary saint from Lycia who ferried a child across a swollen river, saving him from drowning. The child then revealed that He was Jesus. Our Lord conveyed to Christopher, which means "Christ bearer," that the reason the "child" became so heavy was because Christopher was carrying the "weight of the world on his shoulders" and he did it willingly and was rewarded. Though having been demoted in Church liturgy, Saint Christopher is still commonly known as the "Patron Saint of Travelers."

  • 1261 A.D.
  • Fall of the Latin Church in Romania at the hands of Michael VIII of Constantinople.

  • 1593 A.D.
  • Conversion of the Protestant King Henry IV of France to Catholicism as the French return to the Church. Upon his conversion, the monarch is quoted as proclaiming, "Paris is worth a Mass!"

July 23-25, 1999 FRI-SAT-SUN       volume 10, no. 137


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