DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     June 4-6, 1999     vol. 10, no. 108

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES & MEMORIES: TIME CAPSULES

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Historical Events in Church Annals for June 4:

  • 597 A.D.
  • Baptism of Saint Ethelbert, King of Kent, by Saint Augustine of Canterbury. This christening allowed Ethelbert to become the first Christian monarch of England and prompted a mass conversion among his subjects as well as neighboring kings of the Saxons and Angles during his 56-year reign.

  • 1039 A.D.
  • Death of Conrad II, king of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor who essentially was not in the mold of his predecessor Henry II, but rather responsible for beginning over two-centuries of harrassment and power struggle with the Vatican beginning with Pope John XIX in 1024 through Pope Clement IV in 1268.

  • 1133 A.D.
  • Pope Innocent II crowns Lothair III as Holy Roman Emperor who was not as bad as Conrad II, but nevertheless still gave the papacy plenty of headaches.

  • 1365 A.D.
  • Charles IV is coronated as King of Burgundy. It was Charles, who besides Saint Catherine of Siena played an important role in convincing Pope Blessed Urban V to abandon the 70-year Avignon exile and return the papacy to Rome.

  • 1608 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Francis Caracciolo, a prior and master of novices for the Minor Clerks Regular, an order which he had co founded, devoted his life to God after being cured of Leprosy in his early twenties. He co-founded the Order dedicated to administering to the sick in hospitals and prisons. He was purported to have had the gifts of prophecy and ecstacy and after his death many miracles were attributed to his intercession, prompting Pope Pius VII to canonize him in 1808.


Historical Events in Church Annals for June 5:

  • 755 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Boniface, Bishop and "Apostle of Germany" for his missionary work to the people of Deutchland, Austria and Holland. In fact, it was in a trip to baptize several Dutch that a heathen troop ambushed him and his party and he was martyred for the faith on this day and his body buried at the monastery he founded. For more, see DAILY LITURGY

  • 1249 A.D.
  • The Seventh Crusade captures the city of Daimetta in the Holy Lands.

  • 1510 A.D.
  • The master sculptor Buonarroti Michelangelo, at the age of 35, is commissioned by Pope Julius II to fashion fifteen statues of saints for the Duomo of Siena, Italy. The response would prompt Julius to bring him to Rome and turn over the Sistine Chapel to the master of masters who recruited Raphael to help finish the work.


Historical Events in Church Annals for June 6:

  • 1134 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Norbert, founder of the Norbertines in the twelfth century and close friend of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a holy influence on the popes of his time. Norbert died peacefully at Magdeburg and his remains and relics transfered to Bohemia a few centuries later after he had been declared a saint by Pope Gregory XIII.

  • 303 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Erasmus, also known as Saint Elmo, the bishop of Campagna, Italy who was martyred under the persecution of Diocletian though it was not easy for the pagan emperor. Elmo was hurled into a fiery pit but emerged unscathed (thus the phrase "St. Elmo's fire") and then imprisoned. An angel freed him and led him to Formiae where he eventually died of his wounds in dignity. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is patron saint of sailors.

  • 1484 A.D.
  • The Dominicans in Toledo, Spain issue instructions on how to deal with cases of sorcery for the Inquisition of Toledo which were spread to all orders and Inquisition courts throughout Europe.

  • 1536 A.D.
  • Through the Jesuits and Dominicans, the Court of Inquistion is brought to Mexico four years after Our Lady appeared to Blessed Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant, at Guadalupe and presented him the miraculous tilma that is intact today and hangs in the Basilica in Guadalupe.


June 4-6, 1999 TUESDAY       volume 10, no. 108
TIME CAPSULES

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