DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     May 5, 1999     vol. 10, no. 88


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Historical Events in Church Annals for May 5:

  • 449 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Hilary, Archbishop of Arles and Confessor. He was converted by his close friend and relative Saint Honoratus whom Hilary succeeded as head of the See of Arles.

  • 614 A.D.
  • The Persians seize Jerusalem and capture the True Holy Cross that Saint Helena had placed there after finding it. It would be years before the Christians would recapture it.

  • 1045 A.D.
  • Pope Gregory VI is elected the 148th successor of Peter. He is credited with forming the first pontifical army. Born in Rome, he would die a year and a half later on December 20, 1046. His pontificate was a breath of fresh air after the shameful corruption that had preceded him. He personally led his army in protecting himself from invasion and, like his predecessor Benedict IX, was forced by the people to abdicate.

  • 1474 A.D.
  • The cornerstone is laid in Oxford, England for Magdalen College, named after Mary Magdalene.

  • 1494 A.D.
  • Two years after discovering America, Christopher Columbus returns and arrives on the shores of Jamaica.

May 5, 1999 WEDNESDAY       volume 10, no. 88


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