DAILY CATHOLIC     Friday through Tuesday: Celebrating the "Communion of Saints" Special Issue     October 29-November 2, 1999     vol. 10, no. 207


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Historical Events in Church Annals for October 29:

  • 1292 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Benvenuta of Cividale, virgin and religious who died at the age of thirty-eight. There is a legend that says shortly after her mother died, Benvenuta, just a young girl was praying before the Blessed Sacrament when Jesus appeared to her as a young boy to console her and assure she would always have a loving mother in His Blessed Mother as long as she prayed the Hail Mary. When she agreed and began praying the prayer at the moment she said "thy womb Jesus" He identified Himself as the Son of God and disappeared. She was loyal from that day forward.

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 30:

  • 701 A.D.
  • Pope John VI begins his reign as the 85th successor of Peter. Born in Ephesus, he ruled for four years during an extremely difficult period for Christianity which was being rejected in the East and in Spain by the Saracens. He ransomed many slaves and defended the prerogatives of the Church against the Emperor.

  • 942 A.D.
  • Pope Marinus II is chosen 128th successor of Peter and would rule for four years. This Roman-born pontiff set an example of a pure and blameless life during a very turbulent period, restoring Rome as the moral capitol of the world.

  • 1270 A.D.
  • The 8th and final crusade is launched during the papal vacancy between Pope Clement IV and Blessed Pope Gregory X.

  • 1394 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Dorothea of Montau, mystic and hermit who died at the age of fourty-seven.

  • 1983 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II beatifies Blessed Giacomo Cusmano, Blessed Jeremiah of Valachia and Blessed Domingo Iturrate Zubero.

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 31:

  • 994 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Wolfgang, Bishop of Ratisbon who died in upper Austria on this date. He was instrumental in the conversion of the Magyars and spent much of is life in pious solitude to gain strength to minister to the faithful. Whenever he sought out the life of the hermitage, the people stormed him, beseeching him to return as their bishop.

  • 655 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Foillan, Irish monk who ministered to the Brits and founded numerous monasteries. He was martyred for his faith by a band of pagan outlaws in the forest of Seneffe in England after celebrating Holy Mass.

  • 1541 A.D.
  • Italian master Michelangelo Buonarroti completes his masterful painting of the "Last Judgment."

  • 1705 A.D.
  • Birth of Cardinal Giovanni Ganganelli in Rimini, Italy. He would go on to become the 249th successor of Peter as Pope Clement XIV who was poisoned after a reign of five years.

  • 1992 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II reinstates Galileo Galilei, forgiving him for his views which were condemned by Pope Urban VIII in 1633.

Historical Events in Church Annals for November 1:

Solemnity of All Saints
  • 1503 A.D.
  • Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere is elected the 216th successor of Peter, taking the name Pope Julius II. His pontificate would last ten years. It was he who commissioned Italian masters Michelangelo and Raphael to contribute to the art of the Vatican and St. Peter's which was completed during his reign. He would also convene the 18th Ecumenical Council in hopes of stemming revolt from many who questioned the Church. As we know it did not work and the schism became a reality during the papacy of his successor Pope Leo X.

  • 1512 A.D.
  • The first painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo is opened to the public by Pope Julius II.

  • 1776 A.D.
  • Blessed Padre Junipero Serra founds Mission San Juan Capistrano on the shores of the mighty Pacific ocean in Southern California.

  • 1885 A.D.
  • Pope Leo XIII issues his 16th encyclical Immortale Dei on the Christian constitution of states.

  • 1914 A.D.
  • Pope Benedict XV publishes his first encyclical Ad beatissimi Apostolorum which was an appeal for peace in the face of World War I.

  • 1939 A.D.
  • Pope Pius XII issues his second encyclical Sertum laetitiae directed to the United States bishops on the 150th anniversary of the hierarchy in the USA in 1789

  • 1956 A.D.
  • Pope Pius XII releases his 34th encyclical Laetamur admodum beseeching peace in Poland, Hungary and the mideast through prayer.

Historical Events in Church Annals for November 2:

(Commemoration of All Souls)
  • 676 A.D.
  • Pope Donus begins his reign as 78th successor of Peter. Born in Rome, he was first elected on September 2nd but at first refused. When the conclave beseeched him he relented and agreed. During his pontificate which would last two years, he would succeed in bringing to an end the schism of the Church in Ravenna. He would also encourage the bishops to support the new schools in Germanic Gaul and that of Cambridge in England.

October 29-November 2, 1999       volume 10, no. 207


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