DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     March 10, 1999     vol. 10, no. 48


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Historical Events in Church Annals for March 10:

  • 68 A.D.
  • Death of Claudius Nero, notorious Roman emperor who began the persecution of the Christians that would last three centuries.

  • 172 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Caius and Alexander, martyred by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius at Apamea, Phrgia because of their fierce opposition to Roman idols and Montanism.

  • 320 A.D.
  • Death of the Forty Armenian Martyrs at the hands of the emperor Licinius.

  • 335 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Macarius of Jerusalem, Bishop of Jerusalem and one of the signers of the first documents decreed at the First Ecumenical Council - the Council of Nicaea. With permission from the emperor Constantine, Macarius built a basilica over the tomb of Jesus. During the excavation Constantine's mother Saint Helena discovered three crosses. When a women nearby, who was diseased, touched one of the crosses she was instantly healed and Helena knew it was the true Cross of Christ.

  • 483 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Saint Simplicius, 47th successor of Peter. Born in Tivoli, he was elected on March 3, 468. During his fifteen year pontificate occurred the Fall of the Western Empire in 476 when the Roman emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed by the barbarian King Odoacer. He also suffered through the schism which led to the founding of the Churches of Armenia, Syria and Egypt (Coptic). He regulated the distribution of offerings to pilgrims and for new churches. He also defended the Council Fathers of Chalcedon in the face of the Monophysite heresy.

  • 560 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Kessog, Irish missionary who evangelized Scotland and was known as a miracle worker wherever he went. He was martyred near Loch Lomond on this date by pagan tribesmen who stoned him to death.

  • 1615 A.D.
  • Death of the martyr Saint John Ogilvie, a Scottish Jesuit who faced the rath of the French Calvinists and was pestered and persecuted while trying to bring the faith to underground Catholics. In a kangaroo court John was convicted and hung at Glasgow on this date.

  • 1791 A.D.
  • Pope Pius VI issues a condemnation of France's Civil Constitution of the Clergy which had first been declared in a reorganization of the French Church on July 12, 1790, but with the French Revolution the Holy Father realized the Constitution was schismatic and had no choice but to condemn it. The repercussions would be fierce as Napoleon Bonaparte would rage and seige the papal states and ultimately Rome during the papacy of his successor Pope Pius VII.

March 10, 1999       volume 10, no. 48


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