DAILY CATHOLIC    TUESDAY     March 9, 1999     vol. 10, no. 47


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Historical Events in Church Annals for March 9:

  • 390 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Pacianus, Bishop of Barcelona. He is best known for his Exhortation on Penance thesis and for being one of the earliest of saints to employ the term "Catholic."

  • 1440 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Frances of Rome, religious founder. For more on this saint, see DAILY LITURGY.

  • 1452 A.D.
  • Pope Nicholas V is the last Roman Pontiff to perform a coronation of an emperor when he crowns Frederick III as the Holy Roman German emperor.

  • 1463 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Catherine de Vigri a patrician lady who gave it all up to become a Poor Clare nun and dedicate her life to God as abbess of the cloistered contemplatives. God rewarded her with many mystical encounters with Jesus and His Blessed Mother which are recorded in her diary titled "Manifestations". Like Saint Bernadette her body remains incorrupt today behind glass in Bologna. Many miracles have been attributed to her after her death. She was canonized by Pope Clement XI in 1712.

  • 1568 A.D.
  • Birth of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga in Lombardy to an aristocratic family who served the court of King Philip II of Spain. While his father pushed him toward a military career, he felt the pull toward the priestly life and would enter the seminary of the Society of Jesus and go on to serve others and teach catechism to the poorest of poor in Rome while a seminarian. He would die on his feast day of June 21, 1591 at the age of 23, succumbing to the plague. He was canonized in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII and declared Patron Saint of Catholic youth by Pope Pius XI.

  • 1857 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Dominc Savio in Mondonio, Italy. A protege of Saint John Bosco, Dominic, born in Riva, Italy in 1842 to a peasant family of ten children, was blessed with mystical gifts experiencing visions and private revelation messages, many of which were conveyed by John Bosco to Pope Pius IX. He was a victim soul who died from tuberculosis on this date at the tender age of 15. St. John Bosco helped hasten his canonization by serving as his Postulator for his cause. He became the youngest non-martyred saint to be canonized in the Church when Pope Pius XII elevated him to sainthood in 1954, proclaiming him Patron Saint of choirs and juvenile delinquents.

March 9, 1999       volume 10, no. 49


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