DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY     March 11, 1999     vol. 10, no. 49

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES & MEMORIES: TIME CAPSULES

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Historical Events in Church Annals for March 11:

  • 250 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Pionius, Martyr.

  • 263 A.D.
  • Death of Saints Heraclius and Zosimus, martyrs in Carthage during the persecution of Roman Emperor Valerian.

  • 300 A.D.
  • Death of the Antioch Martyrs at the hands of the emperor Maximian.

  • 537 A.D.
  • Goths lay siege to Rome on this date during the pontificate of Pope Vigilius, 59th successor of Peter.

  • 560 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Sophronius, Hermit and Patriarch of Jerusalem. He was a strong defender of orthodoxy who was loved by friend and foe including the Saracen Khalif Omar, who out of respect for Sophronius delayed his conquest of Jerusalem until after Sophronius' death.

  • 840 A.D.
  • Death of St. Euthymius, Bishop of Sardis in Lydia and martyred by the Byzantine emperor Nicephorus for refusing to join the iconoclasts.

  • 859 A.D.
  • Death of St. Eulogius of Cordova, Archbishop of Toledo, Spain. He was martyred at the hands of the Moors whom he strove to convert shortly after being appointed archbishop.

  • 1513 A.D.
  • Cardinal Giovanni de' Medici is elected the 217th successor of Peter, taking the name Pope Leo X. His pontificate would last for eight years. During this time this Florentine Roman Pontiff would neither understand nor know how to offer remedies to the dangerous schism brought about by the ex-Augustinian monk Martin Luther. Leo would contribute to the institution of the pawnbroker's activity which would be considered a work of charity for the assistance of the less fortunate.

  • 1514 A.D.
  • A year to the day that Pope Leo X is on the throne, this Renaissance pontiff is forced to appoint someone else to head the design of St. Peter's Basilica with the death of the master Donato Bramante. Leo chooses wisely in his selection of Bramante's protege, the young and feisty Michelangelo Buonarroti and the rest, as they say, is history...and priceless art!


March 11, 1999       volume 10, no. 49
TIME CAPSULES

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