DAILY CATHOLIC     MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND     May 28-31, 1999     vol. 10, no. 104


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Historical Events in Church Annals for May 28:

  • 567 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Germanus of Paris, Priest and Abbot of St. Symphorian's in France, he was renowned for his great mysticism and prophecy. Named to be Bishop of Paris, his holiness changed the face of the city, even that of the King. He died at the age of 80 after a life of penance and sacrifice.

  • 640 A.D.
  • Pope Severinus becomes the 71st successor of Peter. Though he would live less than three months, passing away on August 2, 640, he nobly fought the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius on the issue of monoteletic heresy. Heraclius retaliated by sacking the Lateran Palace and the Basilica of St. John Lateran

  • 1081 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Bernard of Montjoux (or Menthon). He was an Augustinian canon, probably born in Italy, who founded Alpine hospices near the two passes named for him. He is the patron saint of mountaineers.

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 29:

  • 757 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Paul I is elected as the 93rd successor of Peter. His pontificate was marked by encouraging a deeper union with the Greek Church. He discovered the remains of Saint Petronilla who, according to tradition, was the daughter of Saint Peter.

  • 1176 A.D.
  • Pope Alexander III, the 170th successor of Peter, supports the Lombard League, which finally defeats Frederick I Barbarossa at Legano, forcing Frederick to negotiate with Alexander, whom Frederick then recognized as Pope.

  • 1289 A.D.
  • Pope Nicholas IV, the 191st successor of Peter, crowns Charles II of Salerno as king of Naples and Sicily at Rieti, after making Charles first do homage to him as Pope.

  • 1521 A.D.
  • Pope Leo X, 217th successor of Peter, allies himself with Charles V of Spain, in helping defeat King Francis I of France during the time of the fifth Lateran Council.

  • 1607 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi, born in 1566 as Catherine. She became a Carmelite in the monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Florence, May 17, 1584 and took the name Mary Magdalen with the motto, "To suffer or die". Her official liturgical feast dayin the Church is celebrated on May 25th.

  • 1314 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed James Salomonio who sold everything he owned and gave all his money to the poor and entered the Dominican Order with nothing and gained everything!

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 30:

  • 1135 A.D.
  • Pope Innocent II, 164th successor of Peter, opens the Council of Pisa which excommunicated Anacletusand Roger II of Sicily.

  • 1252 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ferdinand of Castile, born near Salamanca and became King of Castile at eighteen. Married to Beatrice in 1219, he fought the Moors, built churches, and monasteries. After Beatrice's death and the subsequent death of his second wife Joanne, Ferdinand was buried in the habit of a friar minor, being canonized in 1671 by Pope Clement X.

  • 1431 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Joan of Arc, youngest of five children, who was given mystical graces at a young age, and told that her mission was to defend the Dauphin of France. She led an expedition to relieve besieged Orleans. Captured in battle, Joan was sold to the British in 1430. She was burned at the stake for false charges of heresy on this day in 1431 and canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. She is known as the Maid of Orleans.

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 31:

  • 1433 A.D.
  • Pope Eugene IV, 207th successor of Peter, crowns Sigismund of Germany as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in Rome.

  • 1529 A.D.
  • Pope Clement VII, 219th successor of Peter, convenes the Papal Legates to discuss what action to take against King Henry VIII of England. However, as had become customary during his reign, he took no decisive action in the matter of the King's question of divorce and remarriage. The indecisiveness led, inevitably, to the excommunication of the king, and the schism between England and the Church in Rome, spawning the Anglican Church.

  • 1575 A.D.
  • Archeologist Antonio Bosio discovers the ancient catacombs beneath Rome by accident. His discovery led to an investigation of these Christian burial sites, which provided much information on the early Christians, their martyrdom, and the relics of many saints.

May 28-31, 1999 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND       volume 10, no. 104


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