DAILY CATHOLIC    THUR-FRI-SAT-SUN     May 13-16, 1999     vol. 10, no. 94


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Historical Events in Church Annals for May 13:

  • 1028 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Euthymius, son of Saint John the Iberian who were both born in Georgia, Russia. With his father, Euthymius, known as "the enlightener" or "the illuminator," helped his father build monasteries on Mt. Athos for the Iberian monks and succeeded his father as abbot. He died on his way back from Constantinople when he was thrown from his mule along the steep mountain path leading to Athos.

  • 1191 A.D.
  • Richard the Lionhearted (Coeur de Lion) and his crusaders, aided by King Guy of Jerusalem, attack the infidels on Cyprus.

  • 1501 A.D.
  • Amerigo Vespucci leaves the harbor of Lisbon on his voyage to the New World. Though Columbus was there a few years before him, America would be named after this Portuguese explorer and navigator.

  • 1568 A.D.
  • Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots and last Catholic queen in the British Isles is defeated at Langside, solidifying the Church of England throughout Britain.

  • 1917 A.D.
  • The Mother of God appears to three children in Fatima, Portugal for the first time. It would have a tremendous impact on the faithful throughout the twentieth century, increasing devotion to the Rosary - the vital weapon for fending off the attacks of satan.

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 14:

  • 637 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Carthage, also known as Carthage and Mochuda, this Irish saint actually took his name from Saint Carthage the Elder who ordained him. He became a hermit, and founded a monastery in Offaly with the help of Saint Comgall. He ruled over 800 monks as abbot, but he was driven from the monaster by the local ruler and finished his life as a hermit in a nearby cave.

  • 964 A.D.
  • Death of Pope John XII. In one of the more embarassing times of the papacy, this pontiff is said to have had a stroke while bedding his mistress, a married woman. A week later he was dead. It was this pope who reconstituted the Holy Roman Empire, crown Otto I of Germany who later would depose John XII.

  • 1004 A.D.
  • Henry II is crowned as Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Sylvester II who had ushered in the Second Millennium for the Church as the 139th successor of Peter.

  • 1265 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Giles of Portugal, who had dabbled in the black arts early in life but was converted and became first a physician and then a Dominican. Because of his past ties to the satanic sciences, he was constantly tormented by the devil until Our Lady appeared to him, setting him at peace. He went on to become prior general of the Dominicans in Portugal and retired to Santarem where he received many prophecies and experienced mystical ecstacies.

  • 1494 A.D.
  • Christopher Columbus discovers the island of Jamaica on one of his return trips, proclaiming it for Spain and Holy Mother Church.

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 15:

  • 884 A.D.
    Death of Pope Marinus I, 108th successor of Peter. There was strong suspicion he was poisoned after trying to solve quarrels between the feuding Italians.

  • 1130 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Isidore, Patron Saint of Farmers. He died in Madrid, Spain, the same city where he was born and lived. Though he was extremely poor, he shared all he could with all. His wife is also a saint - Saint Maria de la Cabeza. He was known for having performed numerous miracles.

  • 1213 A.D.
  • King John of England submits to Pope Innocent III. The supreme pontiff had earlier excommunicated him, but lifted that when John agreed to amend his ways as a person and monarch.

  • 1508 A.D.
  • Pope Julius II leads the Papal States army, aligned with France, Spain and Germany and soundly defeated the City of Venice which he had excommunicated on April 27th of the same year.

  • 1559 A.D.
  • Tough, uncompromising Pope Paul IV summonded the bishops of England to take an oath to the supremacy of Rome, but the English monarch stalled the efforts.

  • 1572 A.D.
  • Cardinal Ugo Boncompagni becomes the 226th successor of Peter and takes the name Pope Gregory XIII following in the footsteps of Pope Saint Pius V. From this pontiff we get the Gregorian Calendar which he revised.

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 16:

  • 578 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Brendan, the Irish saint who was known as "the Voyager" for his many sailing expeditions including a seven-year journey to what he called the "Land of Promise" and which he documented in his epic saga Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis.

  • 1265 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Simon Stock, the Carmelite to whom the Blessed Mother bestowed the the Brown Scapular promising salvation to all who wore it. Born in Kent, England, he died in Bordeaux, France while traveling to various monasteries as superior general of the Carmelites.

  • 1532 A.D.
  • Saint Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England because he cannot abide by King Henry VIII's apostasy.

May 13-16, 1999 FRI-SAT-SUN       volume 10, no. 94


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