DAILY CATHOLIC     THURSDAY     July 2-5, 1999     vol. 10, no. 128


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Historical Events in Church Annals for July 2:

  • 311 A.D.
  • Saint Miltiades becomes the first African Pope as the 32nd successor of Peter. During his pontificate the emperor Constantine would issue his decree of tolerance for the Christian faith. It was Miltiades who constructed the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

  • 1894 A.D.
  • Pope Leo XIII releases his 54th encyclical Litteras a vobis intended for the bishops of Brazil on the clergy of Brazil.

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 3:

  • 683 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Leo II, 80th successor of Peter, who served less than a year but during that short time was able to raise the awareness level of majesty of God through the celebrations of sacred functions such as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Benediction. It was Leo who introduced the sprinkling of people with Holy Water during religious ceremonies.

  • 1616 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Bernardine Realino, Italian Jesuit priest who, just before his death, had blood extracted from an open wound on his leg. After his death the blood did not clot or dry up, but has stayed in liquid form to this day. Pope Pius XII canonized him in 1947.

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 4:

  • 740 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Andrew of Crete, archbishop and preacher who fostered the Byzantine liturgy and played a forceful role in the Council of Constaninople in 685.

  • 959 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Odo of Canterbury, a monk who supported Saint Dunstan's monastic reforms at Clastonbury, England. Also known as Odo the Good, he is reputed to have performed several miracles.

  • 973 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ulric , bishop of Augsburg. Canonized by Pope John XV in 993, his elevation to sainthood is considered the first official canonization by a pontiff.

  • 1190 A.D.
  • The Kings of France and England - Philip II and Richard I - the Lionheart set out from Marseilles, France on the Third Crusade.

  • 1336 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, queen of Portugal and daughter of King Peter III of Aragon. She was named after her great-aunt Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. After her husband King Denis' death in 1325, she became a Franciscan Tertiary.

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 5:

  • 1539 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Anthony Zaccaria, founder of the Congregation of Clerks Regular of St. Paul, whose intended purpose was the reform of the clergy and laity, which was approved by Pope Clement VII in 1533 who changed the name of the Congregation to the Barnabites because their headquarters were in the church of Saint Barnabas. After Anthony's death at the early age of 37, the Constitutions were finalized by Saint Charles Borromeo in 1579. St. Anthony also founded a congregation for women with the help of the Countess Torelli For more see LITURGY.

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 6:

  • 699 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Sexburga, wife of the King of Kent and mother of two sons who became monarchs and two daughters who became nuns and who herself, after the death of her husband, became a nun as well as abbess.

  • 1070 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Godelina, who was strangled to death by her husband during childbirth. The child was born blind, but through Godelina's Heavenly intercession was healed.

  • 1535 A.D.
  • Saint Thomas More becomes a martyr for Holy Mother Church as he is executed at the order of King Henry VIII.

  • 1902 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Maria Goretti, Italian virgin who was stabbed 14 times in defense of her purity by a young man named Alexander whom she forgave as she lay dying in a Nettuno, Italy hospital. Her murderer, in his 8th year of incarceration in 1910 converted to Catholicism in a dream in which Maria presented him with a bouquet of flowers. Released in 1928, Alexander sought out Maria's mother to ask forgiveness and received Holy Communion with her at Christmas Eve Mass that year. He was also present at Maria's canonization by Pope Pius XII in 1950. For more, see LITURGY

July 2-5, 1999 FRI-SAT-SUN-MON       volume 10, no. 128


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