DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     June 25-27, 1999     vol. 10, no. 123


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Historical Events in Church Annals for June 25:

  • 253 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Lucius I becomes the 22nd successor of Peter and would die less than a year later as a martyr. During his short papacy he forbade, under penalty of sin, men and women who were not married, to live together.

  • 295 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Orientos and his six brothers, all members of the Roman legion headed by Emperior Maximian. When they revealed that they were not afraid to die in battle and gained their strength from the risen Christ, they were isolated from the rest and jealous soldiers in charge of guarding them starved the seven men on orders from the top out of fear they would convert other soldiers.

  • 841 A.D.
  • Defeat of Lothair, bitter enemy of the former Holy Roman Emperor Louis I, son of Charlemagne the Great. Lothair was felled at Fontenoy-en-Puisaye by Louis' son, Louis the German, king of Germany and Austria, and Louis' brother Charles the Bald, who succeeded Louis as Emperor a year earlier after Louis' death. Pope Gregory IV had originally thrown his support behind Lothair, but the latter deceived the Pope and coronated Louis' son who established All Saints Day in France.

  • 1080 A.D.
  • Cardinal Guibert is elevated to the papal chair as the antipope Clement IIIby the German king Henry IV who was a bitter enemy of the true Vicar of Christ during that time - Pope Saint Gregory VII, the monk known as Hildebrand who had promoted Henry's rival Rudolf I.

  • 1513 A.D.
  • The Confessions of Augsburg which marked the official break between Catholics and the followers of Martin Luther and put into motion the Protestant Reformation.

  • 1981 A.D.
  • The Mother of God appears and speaks to six visionaries in the tiny mountain village of Medjugorje, saying "I have come to tell you God exists." Since that day, Our Lady or "Gospa," as she is known in Bosnia, has appeared to one to four of the visionaries everyday with a special message for the world on the 25th of each month since 1985. The fruits of these apparitions and the messages imparted have reached every corner of the earth with countless conversions and nearly 20 million pilgrims making the trek to this rugged, but serene and inspiring Oasis of Peace. The Blessed Virgin Mary has proclaimed that when her messages end here, it will be her last visit to this earth in these times.

Historical Events in Church Annals for June 26:

  • 684 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Benedict II becomes the 81st successor of Peter and would rule for less than a year. He restored the privilege of Sanctuary, no longer respected by the different fighting factions who even penetrated churches in search of their enemies. He succeeded in liberating the Church from the interference of the Emperor, introduced by Justinian.

    1350 A.D.

  • The Bishop of Meaux, France allows an assembly of churchmen to set up reforms for the Church which eventually would clash with Rome.

  • 1549 A.D.
  • The Dominican monk Padre Luis Cancer de Barbastro is slain by Seminole Indians in Tampa Bay.

Historical Events in Church Annals for June 27:

  • 444 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. For more see LITURGY

June 25-27, 1999 FRI-SAT-SUN       volume 10, no. 123


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